Re: [g-a-devel] GNOME Launches Campaign for Accessibility

On 01/06/2012 04:55 PM, Christian Hofstader wrote:
> "Sometimes accessibility lags behind…" is an accurate  statement. My question is why Gnome Foundation would consider a11y issues to have a priority lower than any other feature of the software. By permitting a11y to "lag behind" other features, it is effectively put on the back burner and will require  a11y hackers to try to retrofit  access in a most inconvenient manners.

I just want to confirm that GNOME Foundation was always supportive to
the Accessibility team. Examples:
  * We had 2 accessibility hackfests on 2010, one in 2011 and in January
2012 we will have another one. Those hackfests were and are possible
thanks to the Foundation and Travel Committee support.
  * They keep contacting companies in an attempt to support
accessibility. For example Mozilla foundation.
  * They personally (people like Stormy Peters, Karen Sandler, Brian
Cameron) asks now and then if they can do something to help us.
  * This Friends of GNOME Campaign is the last example of GNOME
Foundation support.
  * etc

I don't want to sound harsh, but your "why..." question is somewhat unfair.
> Also, allowing a11y to lag makes my job really hard. I'm trying to convince all sorts of groups to use free software and that free software a11y is good enough to use full time. I'm also trying to convince people that the free software community cares about a11y but the consumers see little evidence to this fact.

As I said they are helping to improve the development of the
accessibility support. "allowing a11y to lag" is not the proper term here.


Alejandro Piñeiro Iglesias

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