ATK 2.9.4 released

About ATK

GNOME provides support for accessibility devices using the ATK
framework. This framework defines a set of interfaces to which
graphical interface components adhere. This allows, for instance,
screen readers to read the text of an interface and interact with its
controls. ATK support is built into GTK+ and the rest of the GNOME
platform, so any application using GTK+ will have reasonable
accessibility support for free.

Nonetheless, you should be aware of accessibility issues when when
developing your applications. Although GTK+ interfaces provide
reasonable accessibility by default, you can often improve how well
your program behaves with accessibility tools by providing additional
information to ATK. If you develop custom widgets, you should ensure
that they expose their properties to ATK.

This release include a significant amount of methods deprecated. As we
are in the end of this cycle it would be unrealistic to expect
implementors to fix all the deprecations. Our target is provide a smooth
transition. For that same reason, the deprecations were release as soon
as possible, and the old methods should work for all the next cycle
(3.10). Some fallbacks on at-spi2-atk and in ATK itself will be
implemented, so the old methods should be working for the next cycle.
After that, older methods would be considered "fully" deprecated, so not

* Deprecations:
  * Bug 649575: Deprecate AtkObject::focus-event signal and all
    related methods
  * Bug 653291: Deprecate 'text-changed' signal (in favour of
    'text-insert' and 'text-remove').
  * Bug 573539: Deprecate 'link-selected' property (at AtkHyperlink)
  * Bug 705580: Implement atk_text_get_string_at_offset and deprecate
    old API
  * Remove 'text-update' signal (without deprecation, as was not used
    and can be removed without breaking ABI/API)
* Documentation:
  * Removed unneeded comments at atk_implementor_ref_accessible and
    about glib usage.
  * Bug 684665: removing several .sgml files and fixing gtk-doc
  * Bug 684705: little update on 'text-insert' and 'text-remove'
  * Bug 491998: add documentation for AtkRectangle
* Tests:
  * Refactor test suite: no longer a loadable module but an standalone
  * Split testrelation into testrelation and testrole.
  * Execute all role tests, doesn't matter if one fails
* Bugfixing and miscellanea:
  * Bug 704092: Fix and off-by-one in role names
  * Bug 705290: Use generated enum type for AtkRole to get the role name
  * Drop use of ATK_DISABLE_DEPRECATED guards in ATK

Matthias Clasen, Alejandro Piñeiro Iglesias, Mario Sánchez Prada

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Alejandro Piñeiro Iglesias

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