ApacheCon Europe 2012

Rhein-Neckar-Arena, Sinsheim, Germany

5–8 November 2012

Apache OpenOffice Accessibility

Andre Fischer , Steve Yin

Audience level:

Tuesday 11:15 a.m.–noon in Level 1 Left


An introduction of the software accessibility in Apache OpenOffice. And the IA2 and its development in Apache OpenOffice.


Apache OpenOffice Accessibility

Software Accessibility

  • High contrast
  • Keyboard
  • Accessible document
  • Assistive Technology
  • Accessibility APIs

AOO Accessibility API

  • UNO Accessibility API
  • Bridges for different platforms
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Mac OSX

AOO Windows bridge’s next step

  • MSAA
  • IAccessible2
    • MSAA enhancements needed
    • Basis for improvement
    • Comparison to the UNIX ATK

AT vendors and IA2 on Windows

  • Benefits for AT vendors
  • A good practice of IA2 – Symphony and JAWS

AOO IA2 development

  • UNO Accessible & IAccessible2 API document
  • Architecture of IA2 bridge in AOO
  • Debug & UT tools – AccProbe
  • AT tools verification – JAWS&NVDA