Accessibility Strategy and Architecture
I had not reported on IAccessible2 adoption recently. I was pleased to see Stephen Partridge's blog posting of Adobe Acrobat investigating support for IAccessible2. This is sure to improve the accessibility of Adobe Acrobat. This is exciting news given the recent IAccessible2 Request for Comment. IAccessible2 is an enhancement to the Windows Accessibility API Microsoft Active Accessibility. It bring the Windows platform capability in line with Linux. IAccessible2 is a proven technology with strong implementations in the recently released Firefox 3 and Lotus Symphony.
Recently, IBM lost one of its accessibility heroes - Cynthia Ice. It has taken me a very long time to formulate the words that would come close to conveying the impact Cynthia Ice has had on IBM and the type of person she was to me.
Working in the accessibility field is extremely difficult. It requires very specialized skills - including incredible persistence. Accessibility is often viewed as additional work that is not always planned for. It requires a person who is tough, committed, patient, and caring to deliver an accessible solution that is usable to our customers. To do this you must have tremendous passion for your job as there is always someone or something to trip you up. Furthermore, the quality of access must be even higher when you have such high end-user impact products as Lotus.
Cynthia has worked tirelessly to deliver Lotus products that are accessible and usable to our customers and employees. She has been a beacon of leadership in an area few are willing to venture. We owe Cynthia our deepest thanks and prayers.
Cynthia, Thank you for all you have done. You have made the world a better place.[Read More]