Saturday Sep 17, 2011

Mobile accessibility at JavaOne - using LWUIT for Java ME

At JavaOne this year, I will be presenting in the talk "Mobile Accessibility with LWUIT" (session #21761, on Thursday Oct. 6th at 2pm in the Parc 55 hotel). In this talk, we will discuss and demonstrate the work we have been doing to enable developers to create accessible mobile applications for the Java ME platform using LWUIT, the Lightweight UI Toolkit developed in Oracle Israel.

Our Java mobile accessibility work is very timely, in light of the 21st Century Communication and Video Accessibility Act that Congress passed last year. Among other things, this act requires web browsers on mobile devices be accessible to people who are blind or visually impaired; and requires that advanced communications services such as text messaging, e-mail, instant messaging, and video communications be accessible to people with disabilities.

Our work on Java ME accessibility is part of a larger effort on building accessibility into mobile technologies generally, itself part of the AEGIS project supported by the European Commission. In addition to our own work, we will also show sample accessible applications developed using this framework by our AEGIS partner FundaciĆ³n Vodafone, Spain.

If you are in San Francisco for JavaOne this year, stop by our session, and talk with the engineers behind this great work.

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