Re: [g-a-devel] xsettings and GTK+ a11y modules

Hi Eitan:

The xsettings change was made late in the 2.24 cycle, and the associated gconf property is now what determines whether or not the GTK+ a11y modules are loaded or not. To allow people to prevent a11y from being activated, a couple changes were made to GAIL and the bridge:


I'm not sure if these will do exactly what you want, but they might be worth a shot,


On Apr 6, 2009, at 8:03 AM, Eitan Isaacson wrote:

Hello folks,

I have spent a lot of time trying to understand why simply unsetting
GTK_MODULES is not doing what I expected: not load the gail and
atk-bridge modules.

I am writing a script that utilizes GTK+ but has no UI. It is
important that a11y will be disabled in the script, so that it won't
appear in the registry.

Anyway, John Carr pointed out that GTK+ modules are loaded via an
xsettings property called "gtk-modules" that in turn is set by

I have two concerns/questions:
1. How do I make sure that the xsettings values are removed before gtk
is initialized.
2. It looks like the whole point of xsettings is that they are global,
how do I disable the gtk-modules for one script while all current and
future apps are not touched?

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