[Kde-accessibility] On Qt accessibility and a on-screen keyboard. (Klavi[atura])

Olaf Jan Schmidt ojschmidt at kde.org
Sun Jul 6 21:58:48 CEST 2003

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Hi Maks!

Thank you very much for your work on Klaviatura. I didn't have time to
look at your code, but getting QAccessible working is very high on our
agenda right now. I am really impressed that menus and toolbars are

Gunnar will give a speech on accessibility at the KDE developers meeting.
I think that showing your program at the conference would be a very good
way to illustrate what getting QAccessible to work is about.

I am especially happy because your contribution comes at a point of time
where we are in intensive talks with Trolltech on improving QAccessible.
As a result of some documentation work Gunnar has done, Trolltech
promised to enhance QAccessible to include all the functionality that is
needed to brigde to AT-SPI (Assistive Technology Service Provider
Interface). We believe that this interoperability is very important for
accessibility, for this way, Java applications, Mozilla, OpenOffice,
GNOME/GTK2 and Qt/KDE would all work with the same assistive
technologies, rather than having different applications for each toolkit.

So please have a look at http://accessibility.kde.org/developer/

If you have any ideas or suggestions or improvements concerning these
documents, please let us know.

Your idea to use DCOP as a way to provide information to an external
application is interesting. We had also discussed this possibility, but
then thought that full interoperability with GNOME would be of larger
benefit for us, since there are already very good assistive technologies
for which it would be great to have them compatible with KDE.

We will look at your code soon, if my impression is right, your hacks
would fit very fell to our plans to bridge to AT-SPI, as we hadn't
dreamed of having QAccessible already usable.

We could use your demo application as a base for exploring QAccesible
until Trolltech have extended QAccessible enough to do the bridging to


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Olaf Jan Schmidt, KDE Accessibility Project
KDEAP co-maintainer, maintainer of http://accessibility.kde.org

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