Sun's 2009 Corprate Social Responsiblity Report

Last week Sun published it's 2009 Corporate Social Responsibility Report. As they have done with reports from the previous years (see the 2006 report, and the 2007 report, and the 2008 report), this report includes a description of Sun's work in developing technology for people with disabilities. You can go directly to the print/PDF & summary editions of the past reports. The print/PDF for 2009 is also posted.

Here is the full text of the accessibility portion:

OpenSolaris™ Accessibility Improvements

  • OpenSolaris 2008.11 included accessible install
  • OpenSolaris 2009.06 included some of the first built-in support for the emerging ARIA standard for Web 2.0 application accessibility

OpenOffice.org™ 3.0 for Macintosh

During 2009, OpenOffice.org 3.0 for Macintosh shipped as the first office suite accessible to the blind via VoiceOver screen reader on Macintosh. This release also makes OpenOffice.org software the first cross-platform application accessible on all three desktop environments: Windows, Macintosh, and UNIX® (OpenSolaris and GNU/Linux technologies).

AEGIS Project

In December 2008, we announced a Sun-led consortium dedicated to solving accessibility challenges for all devices—from cell phones to desktops and Web applications. The consortium is composed of more than 20 companies and organizations and aims to help define new approaches and solutions for building accessibility support into future information and communication technologies. Funded by a grant awarded by the European Commission, this Open Accessibility Everywhere: Groundwork, Infrastructure, Standards (AEGIS) project will leverage open-source technologies wherever possible. More information can be found at aegis-project.eu.

P.S. Life has been a bit too busy of late, and I've gotten behind in my blogging. I hope to remedy that...

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