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Minutes of the Open A11y Expert Handlers SIG Call 2008/07/28


  • Neil Soiffer (NS/chair)
    • Pete Brunet (PB)
    • Gregory J. Rosmaita (GJR/scribe)
    • Janina Sajka (JS)
      • regrets: Vladmir Bulatov, Alexander Surkov

Agenda Review

Approval of Last Two Meetings' Minutes

Minutes of Expert Handlers Conference Call 2008/07/28

Discussion of Expert Handlers Requirements

NS: PeteB, reply to your email queries? sent 2 queries to RichS "characteristics of device" and Rob at FreeSci "Expert handler and device attribute negotiation" on 21 July 2008

PB: Freedom Scientific thinks that it is a worthy effort, but doesn't have anyone to contribute to

JS: GW-Micro accepted idea at CSUN2008

NS: vendors reluctant why? technical issues?

PB: details of device AT uses - any other way to do it?

NS: currently ask for text and separate call for braille; when do that, AT has 2 additional things it is aware of and can pass info about devices through

NS: calls very device specific

PB: on each call or device configuration

NS: would be possible via a COM interface by setting state (braille device 40 chars) call would set to 40 char support; done for synchronized highlighting

GJR: localization -= AT should know what devices are known to it and available to it

JS: right

NS: devices talking to sending out generic interface

JS: particular parameters AT would not know or do we need to push parameters upstream to handler?

NS: push upstream to handler - pushed in on handler specific calls, or is there a generic means of requesting information needed; callback interface to get more info for each specific device

PB: trying to think why AT would have problem handling query - going to be providing info one way or another

NS: conception of control - AT does not want to give up control because may not get it back

NS: give focus away, need means to get back

PB: will discuss callback with Glenn of Freedom Scientific

NS: cleanest solution

PB: what to ask for - tts, braille, how long braille display is -- strictly API?

NS: 2 answers: should just care about API (SAPI or SSML); would be nice to know engine (may not support all features of SAPI or SSML); don't envision happening

PB: invite Glenn to call?

NS: good thing to do - get info straight from the horse's mouth

Refocusing the Expert Handlers SIG

PB: loosing focus - need to summarize where we are at?

NS: matter of available cycles

GJR: Requirements document as next step? help collate issues and form a roadmap for expert handlers

JS: logical next step

GJR: will start on a wiki page -- just like the Unified Use Cases development, which began as brainstorming page - not just requirements but identification of whom we need to query about requirements

ACTION GJR: set up Expert Handlers requirements wiki page

Identify Topics for the 11 August 2008 Handlers Call

NS: attendance for next week?

PB: will miss next monday

JS: will be traveling to minnesota within the next 2 months but should be able to attend

NS: cancel 4 August 2008 call; no call 1 September 2008 (labor day)