From:  Bernard Tyers <>
Date:  14 Aug 2016 00:37:24 Hong Kong Time

Re: Devroom at FOSDEM about accessibility


Hi Jean-Phillipe & all,

I support your idea for an a11y devroom at FOSDEM! I would definitely
attend a11y talks. I'm a user researcher and interaction designer.

It's great to see more user centred devrooms popping up at FOSDEM!

I'm a member of a group who run the Open Source Design and User Research
track at FOSDEM for the past 2 years.

We've had a number of accessibility talks in the past 2 years. We're at

I'm CC'ing Belén Barros Pena who wrote the submission to get our devroom
accepted. She might have some words of wisdom for you if you need.

The way we proposed it was a did a call for talk proposals which
resulted in the agenda being set by the talks we received.

Please let us know the progress of your submission. I'll be happy to
advertise it amongst the a11y and user research communities I am in.

Best wishes from London and hope to see you at FOSDEM 2017!


On 09/07/2016 19:27, MENGUAL Jean-Philippe wrote:
> Hi,
> After 1,5 year of intensive dialog with community, I still see that the
> main problem of accessibility is missing of knowledge (why, how), as
> well as wrong ideas (e.g. I need to create a speech synth, etc). And
> mail is not enough, devs need to see concretely how things happen, what
> is possible, why, etc. Just guidelines and principles could be written.
> I also think if big projects could ship accessibility in their strategy,
> it could change everything and create a more global movement.
> To help this, I plan to gather people at Brussels, FOSDEM 2017 (likely
> 4-5th February). I imagine we could talk about it for 2 days, as follows:
> 0. Why accessibility needs to make part of free software: myself
> 1. Technical general introduction: Samuel Thibault
> 2. The solutions in GUI: at-spi and derivatives (Alejandro Pinero)
> 3. Sending to assistive techno what's needed: Ma!io Lang
> 4. Shipping non-reg tests in unit tests: Samuel
> 5. Focus on Mozilla suite problems: discuss between Mozilla a11y
> responsible and a member of Hypra team and Samuel and anyone who want to
> help. Idea: identifying reported bugs and a process to help fixing them
> easily, even with volunteers.
> 6. Focus on LibreOffice: Michael Meeks, Jacob (Igalia) or other devs, a
> Rypra member, anyone to help. We'd introduce our full round of bugs, the
> LO online issue, and see what skills are needed to fix what and how we
> can catch them.
> 7. Focus on MATE: problems with 1.14, fixes, hacking, squphing
> If people want, sub-workshops are possible about:
> 0. What about in GNU guidelines: Chris Hofstader or Luca Saiu
> 1. The braille future on GNU/Linux
> 2. The major remaining problems (sound, etc)
> 3. etc
> My purpose is to make devs and a11y experts meet, so that devs
> understand what is a11y, what is implied, etc. I plan to write a full
> document to keep track on our meeting, and let it available publicly.
> And having action plan for all communities present (reference documents,
> guidelines, etc).
> What do you think of it? Would you be (or do you think of someone)
> available to work with us?
> If you accept, I'll submit to FOSDEM, then:
> - see with your respective employeers if they can pay for your travel
> - for others, I'll request to Debian if they can help and will find
> additional funds.
> Regards,