|Open Accessibility Framework (OAF)|
AEGIS released the Open Accessibility Framework (OAF - D1.2.1 AEGIS Open Accessibility Framework, version 1.2.5, CC licensed).
This video outlines AEGIS' Open Accessibility Framework (OAF) through which aspects of the design, development and deployment of accessible mainstream ICT have been realised in the domains of web, desktop and mobile. These are presented by Peter Korn, Technical Manager of the AEGIS project, and Accessible Principle at Oracle during his speech at the 2nd and final AEGIS pan-European Conference on 29 November 2011 in Brussels, Belgium.
The Open Accessibility Framework (OAF - D1.2.1 AEGIS Open Accessibility Framework, version 1.2.5, CC licensed) consists of two parts:
It contains the initial AEGIS Open Accessibility Framework (OAF) description. It is based upon:
It also incorporates the early feedback from AEGIS consortium developments – highlighting anticipated areas that the OAF will necessarily need to cover:
Finally, it also considers the developments in the field of accessibility external to AEGIS development work. This includes:
This initial OAF description will be updated throughout the remainder of the AEGIS project with the practical information we gain from implementing it in the desktop, web, and mobile space.
AEGIS' Open Accessibility Framework (OAF) six steps are presented below.
Step 1 - Define Accessible
Step 4 - Platform Support
Physical WorldDefine what 'accessible' means
a. width of door for wheelchair?
b. force to open a window?
c. elevator tones, Braille?
ICT WorldDefine what 'accessible' means
a. navigation-manipulation scheme
b. themes: contrast, large print
c. accessibility API: use with AT
Physical WorldLocate buildings in good places
a. near public transit?
b. wheelchair ramp to building?
c. crosswalk buttons findable?
ICT WorldPlarform accessible, runs AT
a. expose accessibility API?
b. can load AT (security, etc.)?
c. user selectable themes? d. TTS, Braille, other AT libs?
Step 2 - Stock Elements
Step 5 - The App Itself
Physical WorldStock building materials
a. std. doors - wide enough
b. std. windows - easy to open
c. std. elevator - tones, Braille
ICT WorldStock UI elements-components
a. desktop menus, windows, etc
b. web accordions, sliders, etc
c. mobile text fields, alerts, etc.
Physical WorldMake accessible buildings and public infrastructure
ICT WorldMake accessible applications
Step 3 - Dev.Authoring Tools
Step 6 - Assistive Technology
Physical WorldTools that use stock material
a. manuals and standards for use
b. specs. for construction
c. tools for installation
ICT WorldDeveloper and authoring tools
a. manuals and tutorials
b. pallete of sample elements
c. highlights errors, helps fix.
Physical WorldDisseminate access devices
a. distribute wheelchairs
b. provide seeing eye dogs
c. provide hearing aids d. provide canes
ICT WorldProvide-disseminate AT
a. provide screen readers
b. provide keyboard alternatives
c. provide AAC aids
d. provide other AT, etc.
The AEGIS project contributions in the Open Accessibility Framework (OAF) can be viewed at AEGIS outcomes-All results-AEGIS through OAF section.
The clustering of the accessibility items of each of the most widely used platforms in desktop, mobile and web including AEGIS contributions can be found in the OAEG OAF section.