GNOME Accessibility Bugs

Over the last three or four weeks I've been triaging the huge number of GNOME accessibility bugs that we currently have. You can find the current list here.

It was even longer a month ago. There are several that have been closed out as they are no longer reproducible and, after a gentle prod, a few others have been closed as fixed using the patches that were attached to them (or a slightly modified version thereof).

But there are still a lot that remain. Here's the totals by product:

  1. orca
  2. gok
  3. gnome-themes
  4. Evolution
  5. atk
  6. at-spi gtk+
  7. nautilus
  8. gnopernicus
  9. metacity
  10. gnome-panel
  11. gnome-control-center
  12. epiphany gdm
  13. gnome-applet gnome-mag gnome-speech
  14. at-poke xscreensaver
  15. ekiga tracker vte
  16. gnome-media gtkhtml2 HIG
  17. gnome-desktop gnome-games gnome-screensaver GtkHtml rhythmbox
  18. balsa dasher f-spot glade3 gnome-main-menu gnome-session gnome-terminal libgnomecanvas libgnomeui libwnck planner totem
  19. accerciser anjuta bug-buddy bugzilla.gnome.org conglomerate devhelp dia doxygen evince Evolution.Data-Server gcalctool gconf-editor gdl gftp glade gnome-alsamixer gnome-user-daemon gnome-utils gnome-vfs gtkmm gucharmap java-gnome libglade libgnomedb ORBit2 printman sawfish system-monitor Tomboy xchat-gnome

Here's some notes:

  • The bug/enhancement list is generated by looking for bugs which have a keyword of "accessibility". There will be a lot of accessibility bugs out there which have omitted this keyword and therefore don't show up on this list. For example, there are 28 accerciser bugs and enhancements filed, but only one of them has the requisite keyword.

  • The Orca bug/enhancement count is misleading. There are currently 160 bugs/enhancements filed against Orca, but 59 are what we call "tracker" bugs. This is where we file an Orca bug that tracks another accessibility bug. The other bug might also be in the GNOME bug tracking database, but it could also be for other products like OpenOffice or Firefox, which use their own separate bug tracking systems. The Orca tracking bugs have "[blocked]" prefixed to their Summaries.

  • Some of these accessibility bugs have been open for almost six years.

So, for any GNOME maintainers reading this, I encourage you to try to get these bugs fixed. We (the accessibility team) quite often see "but I know nothing about accessibility" as comments on the bug reports. That's okay (well it isn't really, but let's not go there) and if that's the case, just let us know (via a comment on the bug) and we'll try to help you.

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