ANNOUNCE: AT-SPI 2.5.3 released

AT-SPI 2.5.3 is now available for download at:

What is AT-SPI2

AT-SPI2 is a D-Bus based accessibility framework. It defines a D-Bus
protocol for providing and accessing application accessibility
information. The project includes a library for bridging the D-Bus
protocol to the ATK API, allowing Gtk based applications to be made
accessible. It also contains a client (AT) side library in C and a wrapper
for Python.

What's changed in AT-SPI 2.5.3

* [core] Fix a memory leak (BGO#678738)

* [atk] Create a library (libatk-bridge), currently with
  atk_bridge_adaptor_init() and atk_bridge_adaptor_cleanup() functions, to
  facilitate linking directly into, ie GTK+ 3.

* [atk] Only register events at beginning if an AT is listening (BGO#678475).

* [atk] Use XDG_RUNTIME_DIR to hold the socket, rather than a potentially
  insecure directory hard-coded under /tmp (BGO#678348).

* [atk] Fix various compiler warnings and build errors.

* [pyatspi] Fix truth evaluation for accessibles in Python 3.

* [pyatspi] Fix for bug #678497 - dict.iteritems() is no longer supported in
  Python 3

* [pyatspi] Re-add setTimeout (it seems that it was lost among the Python 3

What's new in at-spi2-atk 2.5.2:

* Fix for bug 677211 - The collection interface's MATCH_ANY fails for states

What's new in at-spi2-atk 2.5.1:

* Updated Norwegian Nynorsk translation

What's new in at-spi2-atk 2.4.0:

* Updated Hindi translation.

What's new in at-spi2-atk 2.3.92:

* Add Khmer and Malayalam translations.

What's new in at-spi2-atk 2.3.91:

* Have GetIndexInParent() return a signed int, per the spec.

* Send a DoAction reply message before invoking atk (works around
  atk_action_do_action potentially not returning right away for gtk).

What's new in at-spi2-atk 2.3.90:

* Have GrabFocus return a bool, per the spec, rather than a uint32.

* Fix a potential crash when emitting a signal if the ATK implementor

What's new in at-spi2-atk 2.3.5:

* Remove the ability to set an accessible's name and description via AT-SPI
  (it seems wrong to have been exposing this in the first place).

* Fix for BGO#659967: some list API usage fixes.

* Fix for BGO#663967: Don't use /a11y/ as a dconf path.

* Fix for BGO#666371: possible crash when accessibles are created and
  deleted in rapid succession; eg, in gnome-shell)

* Avoid triggering GLib criticals in a few places.

What's new in at-spi2-atk 2.3.4:

* Fix for BGO#666870: Keystroke listeners do not work unless an event listener
  is also registered [also needs updated at-spi2-core]

What's new in at-spi2-atk 2.3.3:

* Fix for BGO#664822 - gnome-shell crash when an AT is launched

* Fix a reference leak if a child-added signal has no object value.

* Change a : to a / in the suffix to an event, to allow DBus match rules
  using arg0path.

* Only deregister objects when they are marked defunct, not when a previously
  defunct object is marked as no longer defunct.

What's new in at-spi2-atk 2.3.2:

* Have AtkSocket's implementation of ref_state_set to return empty sets
  instead of NULL

* Fix for BGO#663876: Make sure the a11y hierarchy under an AtkPlug is
  generated when embedding.

What's new in at-spi2-atk 2.3.1:

* Fix a small coding error that could generate compiler warnings.

What's new in at-spi2-atk 2.2.1:

* Updated Finnish translation.

What's new in at-spi2-atk 2.2.0:

* Really fix BGO#658013: Attach the timeout for a key listener to the
  appropriate main loop context.

What's new in at-spi2-atk 2.1.92:

* Fix for BGO#658013: Add timeout to check for disconnect on a key listener.

What's new in at-spi2-atk 2.1.91:

* Fix for BGO#645321: Use an array of bytes rather than a string for the
  atk-bridge location in the schema.

What's new in at-spi2-atk 2.1.90:

* Try to use the new AtkWindow interface to register for window events.

What's new in at-spi2-atk 2.1.5:

* Use libatspi constants rather than keeping duplicate copies of the
  constants in at-spi2-atk.

* Fixed some problems when shutting down and restarting the module.

What's new in at-spi2-atk 2.1.4:

* Ensure the detail integers are initialized before sending events.

* Map some new atk roles.

What's new in at-spi2-atk 2.1.3:

* Fix for BGO#652797: Remove unused AtkMisc instance.

* Only register events when something is listening.  In theory, this should
  mitigate performance loss that might show up when no ATs are running.

* BGO#652596: Allow setting value via the DBus property again.

* BGO#652858: Deregister objects on state-changed:defunct.


What's new in at-spi2-atk 2.0.2:

* Fix matching on attributes for collection methods

* Fix for BGO#650286: Ensure valid UTF-8 from ATK

* Always emit children-changed, property-change, and state-changed events, in
  order to keep caches synchronized.

* Add GetAtspiVersion to fetch the version of the AT-SPI specification provided
  by an application.

What's new in at-spi2-atk 2.0.1:

* Fix a memory leak in impl_GetText

What's new in at-spi2-atk 1.91.93:

* Removed dbus-glib-related includes, as they are no longer required.

What's new in at-spi2-atk 1.91.92:

* Handle text-insert and text-removed signals from ATK (BGO#638377).

* Use the new dbus errors when compiled against a version of libdbus that
  defines them.

* Use libatspi to get the accessibility bus and handle main loop integration.
  This fixes a crash with some builds of Firefox (FDO#35115).
  Note that this adds a dependency on libatspi.

* Fix accessibility of applications running as root on Linux.

What's new in at-spi2-atk 1.91.91:

* Fix some missing prototypes.

* Do not exit if the accessibility bus disconnects.

What's new in at-spi2-atk 1.91.90:

* Fix for BGO#641338: Avoid crashing when unable to listen for p2p connections.

* Set /tmp/at-spi2 to be world-writable.

* Fix for BGO#641869: Remove --enable-relocate option.

* Changed accessibility key name as was done in gsettings-desktop-schemas.

* Fixed several memory leaks.

* Fixed some build errors.

What's new in at-spi2-atk 1.91.6:

* Fixed the path in org.a11y.atspi.gschema.xml for lib64.

* Implemented SetPosition, SetExtents, and SetSize for components.

What's new in at-spi2-atk 1.91.5:

* Fixed some memory leaks.

* Fixed a crash if peer-to-peer connections are disabled.

* Fixed setting of GTK_PATH with --enable-relocate (was broken in 1.91.4).

What's new in at-spi2-atk 1.91.4:

* Support direct dbus connections to improve performance if dbus-glib
  0.90 or greater is available.

* Added a GSettings key to specify the location of

* Added a desktop file to load gail and atk-bridge with the new

What's new in at-spi2-atk 1.91.3:

* Attributes in a collection match rule are now expected to be sent as a

What's new in at-spi2-atk 1.91.2:

* FIxed BGO#563546: Removed the g_atexit hook.

What's new in at-spi2-atk 1.91.1:

    * Fire all events until we receive a reply from GetRegisteredEvents

What's new in at-spi2-atk 1.91.0:

* --disable-relocate is the default again.

What's new in at-spi2-atk 0.3.92:

* Have value methods return 0 on failure rather than fail, as in original pyatspi

What's new in at-spi2-atk

* Fi a build error introduced in 0.3.91.

What's new in at-spi2-atk 0.3.91:

* Default to --enable-relocate for now.

* Fix for FDO#29880: gtk module can't handle reloading.

What's new in at-spi2-atk 0.3.90:

* FDO#29365: Stop using a deprecated glib function.

* Caching fixes--GetItems was completely broken in v0.3.6, and fixed a
possible crash when it is called.

* Only emit signals when AT-SPI clients are listening for them.

What's new in at-spi2-atk 0.3.6:

* Fixed a problem with dbus introspection.

* Do not block waiting for a response when registering.

What's new in at-spi2-atk 0.3.5:

* Have a socket retrieve its state set from its embedded plug

* Rename AT_SPI_CLIENT to AT_SPI_REENTER_G_MAIN_LOOP, but still check the
former variable as well for now.

What's new in at-spi2-atk 0.3.4:

* Ref an object while adding it to the message generated by GetItems.
This prevents a crash if all other references to the objects go away while
it is being analyzed.

* Add GetChildren to the introspection.

* Fix NSelectedRows and NSelectedColumns.

* Fix the behavior of ChildCount and GetChildAtIndex for sockets with
embedded plugs.

* Fix extra unref when calling get_row_header or get_column_header on a
table, or calling atk_hyperlink_get_object.

* Set the /desktop/gnome/interface/at-spi-dbus gconf key to false by default
(this key is only used when at-spi2 is relocated, which it is not by default).

* Fix a few compiler warnings.

What's new in at-spi2-atk 0.3.3:

* Remove unused gtk build dependency.

* Install a copy of the module into the gtk-3.0 modules directory.

* Correct handling of some children-changed events sent by Firefox.

* Lease objects that send events if they are not cached; fixes some
tracebacks when handling Firefox events.

What's new in at-spi2-atk 0.3.2:

* Some hyperlink fixes.

* Cache additions are now done in an idle call.  This prevents additions
from being made when an object may not be fully initialized and prevents
Firefox 3.6 from crashing.

* The cache object has been placed into the org.a11y.atspi namespace.

What's new in at-spi2-atk 0.3.1:

* Added a gconf schema.

* org.freedesktop.DBus.Properties.GetAll now works rather then crashing.

* The position, size, and extents of an AtkSocket are now fetched from the
corresponding AtkPlug.

* An application is no longer registered if its root is an AtkPlug.

* Fix BGO#538680 - Count ignored in GetMatchesTo

* Fix FDO#27626 - deadlock when registering an application.

* Fix a problem with various hyperlink methods.

* Fix for an AtkPlug sometimes not appearing in the hierarchy.

* Fix a crash if the registry returns an unexpected message while embedding.

* Remove libxml2 dependency since libxml2 is no longer used.

* Fix handling of MATCH_ANY for a stateset in a collection match rule.

* Disabled relocation by default.

Where can I get more information about AT-SPI2

The project wiki is available at:

How can I contribute to AT-SPI2?

We need help testing with Gnome accessibility technologies, improving
performance, and generally tying up loose ends.  The above-referenced page
contains a list of known issues that should be fixed.

IRC   : #a11y on Gimpnet
E-Mail: accessibility-atspi lists linux-foundation org

Development repositories can be found at:


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