Accessibility for OpenDocument

I note over at the OpenDocument Technical Committee that they have formed an accessibility sub-committee, as agreed at the Summit we all attended in Armonk a few weeks ago. According to the announcement, its purpose is:

  • To liaise with the disability community to gather accessibility related feedback on the OpenDocument v1.0 specification.
  • To gather accessibility related feedback from implementors of accessible applications that implement OpenDocument v1.0.
  • To produce a formal accessibility evaluation of the OpenDocument v1.0 file format.

A great move. It's high time that the disability community was able to escape the grip of the proprietary and the cynically abusive way that the businesses involved use the trapped investment of that community for political leverage and distorted profit. Let's hope the way ODF has raised the profile of the matter accelerates that escape.

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