From:  MENGUAL Jean-Philippe <>
Date:  23 Aug 2016 05:12:04 Hong Kong Time

Re: Devroom at FOSDEM about accessibility



Yes, I submitted, to let us choose how we do. Given that the replies
from Samuel, Mario and Shérab, I reduced to one day, as I wouldn't like
to do 2 days and not enough present persons. Moreover it 9ould let
people switching between other devrooms and this.

I let you informed when I've answer.


Le 22/08/2016 à 22:37, Bernard Tyers a écrit :
> Hi Jean-Philippe,
> In case you haven't seen, the FOSDEM devroom call is now open:
> Is there any update on your submission of an a11y room? I'd love to know
> more.
> Best,
> bernard
> 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,


Jean-Philippe MENGUAL

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