Fwd: [Kde-accessibility] Request for Review: FSG Keyboard Access Specifications

Olaf Jan Schmidt ojschmidt at kde.org
Tue Dec 20 16:24:48 GMT 2005


For your information: This is a draft specification for a keyboard 
accessibility standard to be released by the Free Standards Group. The KDE 
Accessibility team is involved in this effort, and once one oversight in the 
current draft is corrected, KDE 3.5 will be the first desktop to support this 

If other developers are interested in giving feedback to this, then you are 
highly welcome to do so.


Olaf Jan Schmidt, KDE Accessibility co-maintainer, open standards 
accessibility networker, Protestant theology student and webmaster of 
http://accessibility.kde.org/ and http://www.amen-online.de/
December 18, 2005

The Free Standards Group Accessibility Workgroup (FSGA) works to
develop standards supporting comprehensive access to information
and user interfaces for persons with disabilities on computing
platforms which adopt free and open standards (such as Linux,
AIX, and Solaris). The FSGA standards process is open to
interested members of industry, developer, and consumer
communities. Obtaining public comment on our proposed standards
before they are finalized is one of the most important steps in
our process. Public review helps ensure our standards are both
relevant and complete.

We are now requesting comment on the following specifications
produced by our Keyboard Access Team (FSGA-kbd) [1]. These
specifications are expected to become FSG standards in 2006.

  * Keyboard Access Functional Specification, RC1
	This specification defines keyboard access
	assistive technology features and the
	functionality an FSG certified platform must
	provide in support of accessibility.

  * Generic Assertions for Manual Testing, RC1
	This specification describes how to validate
	that an implementation of the functional
	specification is correctly implemented.

Once these specifications become FSG standards, they will define
the keyboard access functionality a user can expect from an FSG
certified computer system.

You may respond through bugzilla using the appropriate URL below
or by sending email to the address below. The preferred method
for receiving feedback is via the web because it automatically
logs your feedback in our tracking system without additional
human intervention. If possible, only use the email method if you
have troubles using the below URLs. See [2] below for guidance on
how to Search bugzilla for other's comments.

Keyboard Access Functional Specification:

Generic Assertions for Manual Testing:

Review feedback alias and specification [if all else fails]:
     * accessibility-rfc at freestandards.org
     * http://accessibility.freestandards.org/a11yspecs/kbd/

Please provide your comments on these draft specifications no
later than midnight, 24:00 UTC, Wednesday, January 31, 2005.

On behalf of FSGA, and especially the FSGA-kbd team, we thank you
for your assistance.

Earl Johnson, FSGA-KBD Committee Chair

Janina Sajka, FSGA Chair

[1] - The following Mousekeys functionality will be removed from
the final version of both specifications. It is being removed
because it turns out the functionality can not be made user
settable. To be removed:
	"2.2. Pointer step size (aka initial jump)."

[2] - Search on the terms "keyboard" or "keyboard generic" to
call up a list of all review feedback for the "Keyboard Access
Functional Specification" and "Generic Assrtions for Manual
Tests" documents respectively. Visit the following page for more
Help on how to search the Bugzilla web site.

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