Re: About accessible technology for multiple platforms

Hi Sina, Laura, and Jared.

Thanks for the prompt and encouraging response. I guess some of the first questions we need to answer are the following:

* Where will the source code and binaries be stored?
* What type of licensing is most appropriate? I have some feedback from Peter Korn on that topic but would like to get the ideas from anyone on the list as wel.
* Who will be the owning person or group of the project?
* Currently, WE4Java is more or less geared specifically for Window-Eyes usage. If we are going to turn this into a truly multi-platform solution, I think we are going to have to begin hthinking of a more generalized design approach. That is one reason I wanted to get away from the dependency on the Jacob COM API and the wsc bridge between WE4Java and Window-Eyes. I certainly don't want to move away from allowing Window-Eyes to use the java access technology. I just think we need to create a generalized java core with a JNI interface in which one dll would be written for Window-Eyes usage but other implementations could be written as well.


----- Original Message ----- From: "Sina Bahram" <sbahram@xxxxxxxxx>
To: <programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Wednesday, June 16, 2010 9:17 PM
Subject: RE: About accessible technology for multiple platforms


Hey Jay,

I'm extremely saddened to hear about this. Please feel free to email me off line. My father recently battled with colon cancer , so
I'm all to familiar with it in that respect.

Also, I remember us discussing various java accessibility related issues with Mike Grace, if you remember him. He's moved on to
security related research these days, but let's chat off list.

All the best to you

Take care,
Sina

-----Original Message-----
From: programmingblind-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:programmingblind-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Jay Macarty
Sent: Wednesday, June 16, 2010 8:43 PM
To: programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: About accessible technology for multiple platforms

Hi All,

My name is Jay Macarty and I am the author of the java accessibility software for Window-Eyes called WE4Java. For the past 7 months, I have been battleing colon cancer and thus, have not been able to devote much time to the completion of this software. Given my current health condition and work load, I can see that it is not going to be posible for me to continue work on this project without inviting some outside developer assistance. I would be more than happy to talk to anyone interested in taking the foundation of WE4Java and building it out to a more flexible and complete product. I hate giving up years of effort and thousands of hours of programming for nothing but as things stand, I don't see how to keep moving this project forwardn without opening up the source in
some form or another.

My last thought on this matter was to try to enlist the help of a C++ developer to create a dll to interface directly with the WE4Java code base using java's native interface, JNI, instead of going through the existing wsc object and the third-party Jacob COM API. I would invite any thoughts or feedback on this topic to see if we can form some type of collaborative effort to finish this
package out.


----- Original Message -----
From: "katherine Moss" <plymouthroamer285@xxxxxxxxx>
To: <programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Wednesday, June 16, 2010 6:00 PM
Subject: RE: Vs 2010


I am loving VS 2010 right now, and I look forward to using it more as I
learn C#, ASP.net, and SQL to go along with it.  The only thing I can't
find
is a darn book on the program to save my life.  You know how sucky
Microsoft's documentation is.  LOL.

Katherine

-----Original Message-----
From: programmingblind-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:programmingblind-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of The Elf
Sent: Wednesday, June 16, 2010 3:17 PM
To: programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: Vs 2010

no coordinated effort as far as I know at this time, it has been mentioned
though.

elf
proprietor, The Grab Bag,
for blind computer users and programmers
http://grabbag.alacorncomputer.com
Owner: Alacorn Computer Enterprises
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----- Original Message ----- From: "Gomal Tao" <gomal.tao@xxxxxxxxx>
To: <programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Wednesday, June 16, 2010 1:19 AM
Subject: Vs 2010


Hello,

I am experimenting with Visual Studio 2010 using the latest jaws 11
update.
So far the studio seems to be quite accessible. Writing code in the
editor
works all right. The problem I am having is that the studio changes focus
for jaws all the time. I need to press a lot of keys to come back to the
code editor. The menus works perfectly and the jaws cursor can follow
navigating menues.

I am trying to use the visual editors for the Entity framework. With some
jaws scripting it should be possible to give a jaws user access to these
editors.

There is a lot more to explore and try out for JAWS. Is there any work
going
on to create JAWS script for visual studio 2010?

/Gabriel

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