Re: About proposing "accessibility on by default" as feature
Peter Korn <peter.korn <at> oracle.com>
2012-04-20 16:41:19 GMT
Accessibility by default has long been a desire. What about an interim,
"prove it" step? Have it turned on by default for the various 3.5
builds, with the understanding that it will revert to being off if
certain metrics aren't met. BUT... with the plan that they will be met?
On 4/20/2012 9:15 AM, Piñeiro wrote:
> some context: on last ATK/AT-SPI2 accessibility hackfest  one of the
> ideas that came again to the table was proposing to set accessibility
> support on by default. That work would include having the accessibility
> nits running all the time, without a accessibility-toolkit setting
> switch, and also stop to having the accessibility code loaded as
> plugins. At this moment the only remaining plugin is the atk-bridge, so
> the idea is having the same functionality as a library call. Something
> like a atk_bridge_init (..) call (equivalent to gtk_init).
> On our last accessibility meeting we were talking about proposing this
> as a new 3.6 feature, as seems a good way to start the discussion with
> the community. From that meeting:
> Apr 19 16:10:13<API> #action Piñeiro after some researching, will
> bring the having accessibility by default 3.6 to the accessibility list
> Apr 19 16:10:32<API> #action Piñeiro after some debate we could
> propose it as feature
> So after that research I'm here to talk about this (output of that
> research at the appendix of this mail).
> So lets see the current situation:
> * Accessibility performance and stability has been improving during the
> last two releases.
> * GNOME-Shell (for user POV, GNOME) accessibility has improved with the
> last release.
> * But there are still several core applications (ie: evolution) without
> a proper accessibility support (also crash-prone)
> * Now it is possible to enable accessibility on runtime, without
> requiring the uncomfortable logout
> * Most of the bus traffic is not sent unless one AT is listening
> As we mentioned on the meeting, having the accessibility running would
> provide more testing on the accessibility framework, both on runtime and
> on compiling time (as at-
spi2-[core/atk] will became a compiling
> The problems I see are:
> a) About having accessibility enabled all the time: right now
> activating the accessibility on runtime works, so some people would be
> against adding an inherent risk
> b) About stop to using plugins: some people will not like adding a new
> dependency to their projects (this could be irrelevant if the final
> solution is add that call on ATK, as randomly suggested on the hackfest)
> c) Although we agree that we want to stop to load the bridge as a
> plugin, we are still not sure about how and where implement it.
> d) We didn't debated how all this changes would affect GTK2 apps.
> Because the fact is that there are apps still not ported.
> e) My inner pessimist thinks that getting to a conclusion, implement
> it, integrate it and test it are too much, and it would be difficult to
> have all ready for 3.6
> Finally, comment that probably there is a compromise option, that is:
> * Keep working on c), as seems the way to go. Probably with unstable
> branches of atk, at-spi, gtk and clutter
> * For this cycle just propose to change the default value of
> accessibility-toolkit. In that case we would still have more runtime
> testing, and it would be easy to go back if things are failing. If
> things are not failing, it would be a good way to minimize a) if we
> propose to remove the gsetting switch.
> With that compromised option, for this cycle we would just propose to
> change the default value of accessibility-toolkit, while working on the
> other stuff.
> So, ideas, thoughts?
> Appendix (somewhat offtopic or this mail main topic)
> That research that I wanted to do was check why the following was working:
> 1. accessibility-toolkit is disabled
> 2. gnome-shell is running
> 3. Via Universal-Settings you activate "Screen reader", this sets
> accessibility-toolkit as enabled
> 4. Orca interacts properly with gnome-shell
> The "classical GNOME accessibility" wisdom tell us that 4 is not
> possible, and you need a logout. Also take into account that gnome-shell
> has a custom code that loads that module if that gsetting is enabled.
> With GTK3 this was not required anymore thanks to the gsettings-daemon
> magic, and the at-spi2-atk.desktop file, that informs that when
> accessibility-toolkit became enabled, it should load the bridge.
> So, how gnome-shell does that? Well ... thanks to gsettings-daemon, as
> gnome-shell also calls gtk_init, so it is also a GTK app. In fact, if
> you remove that custom loading-code, in some situations it is still
> working (note "some situations", so we can't remove that code yet). As
> you can guess, those "some situations" are exactly the situations we
> were expecting this all to be failing. In the same way, that
> "NO-AT-BRIDGE" "NO-GAIL" code is still required to ensure that AtkUtil
> implementation of GTK is not loaded. Yes, all this seems tricky and
> fragile, and for sure requires some cleaning, but for now it is working.
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