Re: Oracle Meeting - community requests?

  • From: Jamal Mazrui <empower@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx, Andreas Stefik <stefika@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 17 Jan 2011 12:02:13 -0500

My suggestions to convey to Oracle are as follows:

* Update the Java Access Bridge so that it implements a more complete and modern accessibility API on Windows, such as IAccessible2 and/or UIA, and supports 64-bit as well as 32-bit Windows out of the box.

* Implement a strong accessibility API in all non-Java-based GUI applications, including Oracle database management products.

* Ensure that all web pages on,, and other company sites are compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (AA conformance level), as published by the World Wide Web Consortium,

* Renew the company accessibility team that was largely dismantled. Developer support of the Orca screen reader was a key contribution by Sun to the accessibility field. Completely voluntary efforts cannot replace that support, so the future Viability of Orca under the uppcoming Gnone 3 is in jeopardy unless circumstances change significantly. I believe that Orca has the corporate strength to support such an accessibility team, which will also aid the compliance of its products with Section 508 procurement requirements of the U.S. federal government.


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