Monday Jun 25, 2012

Developer Preview available for the Java Access Bridge is now included in Java SE 7 Update 6

The Java Access Bridge product is now being included with Java SE 7u6.
Manual installation of the Java Access Bridge will no longer be required.
All Access Bridge files will be automatically installed by the JRE
and the JDK.
           
The Developer Preview for this feature is now available and can be
downloaded from http://jdk7.java.net/download.html.
          
By default, the Java Access Bridge is disabled. In order to use the Java Access
Bridge, enable it using the steps mentioned below and test your applications
for accessibility.
           
Enable the Java Access Bridge:

Use one of these mechanism:
           
1. Ease Of Access control panel.
    On Windows Vista and later the Java Access Bridge can be enabled
    from Ease of Access Center.
    Select "Use the computer without a display". In "Other programs
    installed" section , select the check box to
    "Enable Java Access Bridge" and apply.

2. Or run the following command in the Command Window.
    %JRE_HOME%\bin\jabswitch -enable

Note: You must restart your Assistive Technology software and Java
application after enabling the bridge.
           
Test the Java Access Bridge:

1. Enable the Java Access Bridge as described above.
2. Run an Assistive Technology that supports the Java Access Bridge.
3. Run a Java application. Ensure that the Assistive Technology  reads
   the values of your application.

Disable the Java Access Bridge:
           
Run the following command from the Command Window.
    %JRE_HOME%\bin\jabswitch -disable
               
Note: The Ease Of Access control panel cannot be used to disable the
bridge. You must use jabswitch from the Command window to disable the Java Access Bridge.

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The person responsible for this blog is Pete Brunet. He is responsible for the architecture, design, and implementation of accessibility in Java and JavaFX.

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