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By Alejandro Piñeiro.
In GNOME, accessibility is a core value that touches all aspects of the system.
From the infrastructure, to the graphical toolkit, to the applications, to the assistive technologies, accessibility has been a central consideration from the very early days. As a result, GNOME 2.0 not only has compelling accessibility today, but it also provides a rich and stable base for future accessibility work.
This year (2011) was released GNOME 3.0, the first major release of GNOME since GNOME 2.0 on 2002.
As a major relase GNOME 3.0 involves several changes on the technology layers of GNOME affecting the accessibility support in several aspects. Some examples: bonobo deprecation, new desktop (GNOME Shell) using a new technology (Clutter), etc.
Since the annoucement of GNOME 3.0 and those technologies changes the accessibility community was working in order to get the best support on this major release, including two accessibility hackfests during 2010.
In general, the purpose of this presentation is:
Introduce accessibility on GNOME.
Briefly explain the technologies changes between GNOME 2.0 and GNOME 3.0
How this affects accessibility support?
Briefly explain the status of GNOME 3.0
What doesn't works?
Plans towards GNOME 3.2