Thursday Oct 24, 2013

Exit stage right...

I joined Sun Microsystems in December of 1996, not quite 17 years ago. Over the course of those years, it has been my great pleasure and honor to work with a many talented folks, on a many incredible projects - first at Sun, and then at Oracle.

In those nearly 17 years, we made quite a few platforms and products accessible - including Java, GNOME, Solaris, and Linux. We pioneered many of the accessibility techniques that are now used throughout the industry, including accessibility API techniques which first appeared in the Java and GNOME accessibility APIs; and screen access techniques like the API-based switch access of the GNOME Onscreen Keyboard. Our work was recognized as groundbreaking by many in the industry, both through awards for the innovations we had delivered (such as those we received from the American Foundation for the Blind), and awards of money to develop new innovations (the two European Commission accessibility grants we received). Our knowledge and expertise contributed to the first Section 508 accessibility standard, and provided significantly to the upcoming refresh of that standard, to the European Mandate 376 accessibility standard, and to a number of web accessibility standards.

After 17 years of helping Sun and Oracle accomplish great things, it is time to start a new chapter... Today is my last day at Oracle. It is not, however, my last day in the field of accessibility. Next week I will begin working with another group of great people, and I am very much looking forward to the great things I will help contribute to in the future.

Starting tomorrow, please follow me on my new, still under constriction, Wordpress blog: http://peterkorn.wordpress.com/.

Friday Mar 07, 2008

Our new look

The Sun Accessibility effort's website has a new look! (and I was among the winning votes for the main image).

Also on our new page is our traditional See Sun at CSUN blurb. In addition to our usual booth (#405 and #406 in the Saddlebrook room of the Marriott hotel), we have several sessions of interest:

  • Access to the GNOME Desktop for the blind professional using Orca; on Wednesday 03/12/08, 3:10pm in the St. Louis room of the Marriott hotel [session BLV-2009]

    Orca is a free, open source, screen reader for the GNOME desktop using speech, braille and magnification. The GNOME desktop runs on Solaris and Linux.

  • Topics in Java, UNIX, and Open Document Format Accessibility; on Thursday 03/13/08, 1:50pm in Boston room of the Marriott hotel [session EMP-1002]

    This session discusses and demonstrates the latest in Java accessibility, desktop accessibility in UNIX, and access to the open document format (ODF) and ODF applications.

We're also joining several presentations hosted by others groups:

  • New Standards and New Initiatives from Open A11y; on Friday 03/14/08, 9:20am in the Boston room of the Marriott hotel [session OTH-3001]

    Open A11y has completed three standards covering keyboard and desktop accessibility, providing and specifying minimum platform be introduced.

  • IAccessible2 Development: An Accessibility API that Works for Assistive Technologies and Applications; on Friday 03/14/08, 4:20pm in the Washington room of the Marriott hotel [session BLV-3001]

    Lead software applications and assistive technology developers will get together to share their experiences in supporting IAccessible2. Future enhancements to the API will be discussed.

Hope to see you at CSUN!

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