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LWUIT - Mobile Accessibility

Highlighting some of the AEGIS mobile accessibility work, Oracle presented “Mobile Accessibility with LWUIT” at JavaOne 2011, announcing and demonstrating AEGIS research work that builds accessibility support into LWUIT (Lightweight User Interface Toolkit), which is used to create mobile applications for Java ME. LWUIT has already become a standard for writing Java ME applications, and this research work supports using LWUIT for creating accessible mobile applications for the Java ME platform.

In the context of AEGIS research project following work has been done:

  • Definition of initial accessibility API for Java mobile, largely mirroring the Java SE accessibility API defined in javax.accessibility package;
  • W3C Web Accessibility Initiative's ARIA specification for metadata tags in this mobile accessibility API (e.g. using the ARIA state properties for the the states that UI controls can be in);
  • Accessibility API using a Broker pattern is implemented: providing a separate Broker class that is optionally loaded into the Java mobile runtime alongside the LWUIT application, and which implements the accessibility API on behalf of the LWUIT component;
  • An inter-process communication Accessibility Bus MIDlet that handles event tracking and forwards accessibility API calls from assistive technologies to the application (which then get handled by the Broker);
  • Several "test" assistive technologies: Java mobile versions of the perennial desktop favorites "Ferret" and "Monkey" (as well as their Java Access Bridge counterparts "Java Ferret" and "Java Monkey" for the JavaSE accessibility API): Mobile Ferret can listen for a variety of events, and will show event changes exposing ARIA property names;Mobile Monkey presents a tree view of all of the UI components on the screen, with automatic updates as the screen changes and the ability to provide detailed info on the selected component;
  • A screen reader prototype, which uses cloud-based text-to-speech to voice LWUIT applications for blind users;
  • Development of a set of LWUIT themes for users with vision impairments - including Large Print black on white, Large Print white on black, and Large Print yellow on black (with some white)  - all tested with users with vision impairments.

AEGIS partners contributing to this work include Oracle, CERTH, Fundación Vodafone Spain, and the University Polytechnic Madrid.

For more information, see the JavaOne presentation and see a video showing the prototype screen reader working with the stock "UI Demo" LWUIT application.

 
Madrid Accessibility Developer Workshop

On 28 September 2011, España Vodafone organised an Accessibility Developer Workshop in Madrid (4 ~ 7pm).

Venue: Vodafone España, Avda. Europa 1. Parque Empresarial La Moraleja, 28108 Alcobendas, Madrid

Work originating from the AEGIS project was presented, and included a demo of TECLA, Dasher and Contact Manager.

 
odt2braille will be presented at Braille21

We are happy to announce that odt2braille will be presented at the World Congress Braille21 – Innovations in Braille in the 21st Century, hosted by the German Central Library for the Blind (DZB). The congress will take place from 27 to 30 of September 2011 at the University of Leipzig.

 
AEGIS at LibreOffice Conference 2011

AEGIS partner K.U. Leuven will present a paper on their AEGIS work at the forthcoming LibreOffice Conference (Paris, France) on 12-15 October, 2011. It will be the event for those interested in the development of free office productivity software, open standards, and the OpenDocument format generally, and is an exciting opportunity to meet Community members, developers and hackers.

The Conference facilities are spread over two locations:

  • La Cantine: La Cantine is an unique meeting place for innovators, researchers, IT entrepreneurs and FOSS projects. La Cantine is the nexus of many ongoing IT projects and innovations around Paris.
  • IRILL (Free Software Research Institute): This institute is a research laboratory of the French University Paris Diderot and the INRIA. It has conference rooms and will host the ODF Master Class and the Marketing Track.
 
Accessibility Camp at OCAD

Join developers, designers, user experience professionals, end-users with disabilities and others to share and learn about all aspects of technology accessibility and users with disabilities at the 1st Accessibility Camp Toronto. This free, participant-driven event will take place downtown at OCAD University on September 24. Whether you are just getting started or advanced in your knowledge and experience, if your focus is on web, software, mobile or other emerging technology, and access by users with disabilities matters to you professionally or personally, join the 100+ folks who have already registered to attend. Also the AEGIS work will be addressed. Register and get more information at http://www.accessibilitycampto.org.

 
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