In the last month, IBM and Sun have come together on their efforts to make Firefox accessible on Linux. Solid communication between Sun and IBM facilitates the separate teams working as one large extended team with a agreed upon schedule. The following are the team makeups:
- Aaron Leventhal, Firefox accessibility lead (Arlington, MA)
- Ming Gao, developer (Beijing, China)
- Eirikur Hallgrimsson, developer (Nashua, NH)
- Dan Kinnunen, tester (Austin, TX)
- Wayne Deangelo, tester (Austin, TX)
- Mark Pilgrim, Firefox UI accessibility (Raleigh, NC)
- Ginn Chen, Firefox ATK, Sun lead (Beijing)
- Evan Yan, developer (Beijing)
- Neo Liu, developer, (Beijing)
- Tim Miao, developer (Beijing)
Mozilla is also kicking in resources to address cross-platform issues such as keyboard navigation in and out of plugins as well as investigating cross-platform accessibility support which incudes Mac OS X and ATK.
- Mats Palmgren, developer (Sweden)
- Håkan Waara, developer (Sweden)
In additon, the Mozilla foundation is providing mini-grants (up to $10K) to developers for Mozilla accessibility projects. This list is not meant to be restrictive. If you are interested in putting together a proposal, you may contact Aaron Leventhal. Proposals are under consideration for completing the Accessible XUL Authoring Guidelines and creating automated checking tools for them.
What is important is this is a team effort between IBM, Sun, and Mozilla. The companies are setting aside corporate barriers to accelerate accessibility of an open source browser and operating system. This speaks volumes about the benefits of open source development.