January 13, 2012

Hackfest Plans to Improve GNOME Accessibility

GNOME accessibility contributors will be gathering for a four day hackfest in A Coruña, Spain, next week. Together, they will be working to enhance GNOME’s assistive technologies, which allow people with disabilities such as visual, movement, hearing, cognitive and language impairments to use GNOME software.

The hackfest will be focusing on two key GNOME accessibility technologies – ATK and AT-SPI. These facilities allow GNOME applications to be used through accessibilty technologies, such as screen readers.

The hackfest is being hosted by Igalia who, alongside the GNOME Foundation, are sponsoring the hackfest. See the hackfest wiki page for more details.

GNOME is currently campaigning to raise funds to support its ongoing accessibility efforts. Help us to make 2012 the Year of Accessibility for GNOME!