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Open A11y Working Group Conference Call (4 November 2008)


  • Janina Sajka (JS/chair)
    • Andrés Aragoneses (AA)
    • Stew Benedict (SB)
    • Pete Brunet (PB)
    • Gregory J. Rosmaita (GJR/scribe)
    • Jared (Novell)
    • Brad (Novell)
      • regrets: Will Walker

For Reference

Preliminary Items

Approval of Past Minutes

Meeting Minutes

Note: These minutes have not yet been finalized

Topic 1: Brief Items

JS: aplogies for not communicating better that moved meeting to IA2 time to discuss ISimpleDOMNode with Australian developers

JS: short list of brief updates:

  1. formally forwarded IAccessible2, 1.0.2 to Linux Foundation Board of Directors along with KAFS and Generic Manual Asserstions for Keyboard Access Functionality (KAFS GTA) -- don't know when will be calendared -- haven't heard back -- if don't hear back by Thursday, will contact Linux Foundation Board to find out exactly when
  2. contacted by Microsoft - KarenC and 2 microsoft attorneys on phone discussiong how:
    1. move 2 things Microsoft requested into IA2
    2. clarity about working with AIA in open standards development

JS: hopefully will have news to communicate on our status/relationship with Microsoft to communicate to the group soon

Topic 2: SIG/General Updates

PB: how to get conversation going with AT-SPI following forwarding of IA2 1.0.2 to LF Board

PB: tried to bring 2 things forward:

  1. working on how to define interface for revisions to document
  2. dealling with spelling and grammar errors

PB: waiting for input from Open Office engineers to compliment info received from Microsoft; presented at AIA meeting

JS: time to start pushing AT-SPI SIG -- need some one or some ones to step forward and take ownership or maintainership of the AT-SPI SIG

PB: Li Yuan offered to code, but told him to hang fire because of lingering issues; hoping to resolve with Microsoft as soon as possible so can get started

(scribes note: Andrés rejoins with Jared and Brad from Novell)

JS: updates/questions from Novell?

AA: agenda didn't include items that were mentioned in email from last week; open A11y teleconference cancelled -- thought would move agenda from then to today

JS: my apologies -- we moved the meeting from its regular time slot to the IA2 meeting slot to accomodate key participants

AA: i have questions about compatibility of IA2 with Qt and MSAA and about a merging or bridging of UIA and IA2

JS: in terms of merging: still at point of getting clarity on legal issues raised in conversations with AIA and microsoft; being discussed by lawyers as we speak (literally)

JS: moving forward with AIA is stalled by IPR concerns -- lisencing of code, patent assertions, etc.; have had several meetings in past about that -- legal departments slow, but should finally have resolution soon

JS: with respect to Qt, don't remember genesis of that from last week's agenda; may have been my question about who needs to participate beyond KDE Accessibility to move toolkits forward; made contact with Nokia employee also involved in Linux Foundation, trying to get additional info

JS: do you know of anything going on surrounding Qt?

AA: thought was going to be point of discussion with member of Nokia team

JS: trying to get specifics before re-raise

GJR: explains what happened with meeting -- ends with plea for those who, like him, missed the 28 October 2008 Open Accessibility call due to the lateness of the switch to please review the minutes of that meeting and continue discussion on-list

AA: will review minutes

JS: Expert Handlers discussion as well as AT-SPI

GJR: still looking for someone to head the AT-SPI SIG

JS: in dicussion with individuals over that -- hope to have results soon -- need very pressing

Topic 3: Website Update

New Resources:

For Review:

New Business

Identify Topics for 11 November 2008 Teleconference

Wrap Up