Another AEGIS development: document accessibility checking - AccessODF

Over the past few years as part of the AEGIS project, our friends at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (K.U.Leuven) have released extensions to OpenOffice.org that allow users to create talking books in DAISY format (with odt2daisy), and to print documents in Braille (with odt2braille).

Today K.U.Leuven has announced something that makes both of these extensions even better: AccessODF. AccessODF is a third extension which adds a powerful accessibility checker to the office suite, allowing authors to find and fix accessibility errors in Writer documents. Properly marked up, accessible documents can then be used to generate accessible DAISY books, to print out properly formatted Braille documents, or to create accessible PDF files. AccessODF is fully cross platform, working on Windows, Macintosh, Linux, and Solaris. And like odt2daisy and odt2braille, it also works as an extension to LibreOffice.

AccessODF, along with odt2daisy and odt2braille, will be one of the highlights at the upcoming AEGIS Conference in Brussels at the end of this month.

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