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During the last 10 to 15 years the use of graphic symbols to support literacy development and access to text content has become increasingly widespread in special needs education and AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication) practices. This popularity is founded on a growing body of positive experience and research studies. It is also accompanied by the availability and use of a widening range of educational software tools (such as the Widgit_Communicate:-series, Clicker, BoardMaker-Speaking Dynamically Pro, and EdWord). But why should these methods and resources remain in the confined domain of special needs education? As part of the ÆGIS project, graphic symbol support for access to text is developed for the standard and open source office suite OpenOffice.org (OO.org). This task is a part of the ÆGIS ambition to include people with cognitive difficulties in the efforts towards more general accessibility in standard ICT environments. The graphic symbol support will be developed as a plug-in extension primarily for Writer in OO.org, and will build on the Concept Coding Framework (CCF) I suggested open standard for multimodal language support defined in the WWAAC project, and further developed within the SYMBERED and ÆGIS projects. When the user enters text – by ordinary letter-by-letter typing or by selecting and entering whole words (provided by Assistive Technology tools) – or loads a file, contained words will be matched against a concept database. Graphic symbol representations will be offered according to the user’s preferences, ranging from inline parallel text + symbol representation, using the Ruby Annotation format, to a word lookup service. The graphic symbol support will be integrated with the improved Text-to- Speech (TTS)I support within OO.orgI that will also be addressed in one of the ÆGIS tasks. Functionality will be evaluated and refined in three rounds of user pilot resting within ÆGIS.