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Re: Support for UI Automation

From: Henny Swan <hennys@opera.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2009 12:05:48 +0000
Cc: "w3c-wai-ua@w3.org" <w3c-wai-ua@w3.org>
Message-Id: <085C28FD-7205-4457-94F4-31BD3AE38F56@opera.com>
To: Kelly Ford <kford@windows.microsoft.com>
Kelly,

This is all really useful, thanks for looking into it.

Henny

On 26 Feb 2009, at 18:31, Kelly Ford wrote:

> Henny,
>
> I asked the folks responsible for UI Automation about this.  Here is  
> their reply.  Individual vendors should be contacted for more  
> specifics on their support for UI Automation.   If you want more  
> details on UI Automation let me know and I can get you in touch with  
> the right contacts.
>
> NV Access, Freedom Scientific, AI Squared, Dolphin, TextHelp all  
> will be supporting UI Automation in their next major release, or do  
> so today. TextHelp already supports UI Automation via the managed  
> APIs. The rest will be using the new unmanaged client APIs that are  
> being made available with the release of Windows 7. The unmanaged  
> APIs will most likely go downlevel, but we don't have a plan with  
> dates yet available for downlevel. For those organizations that want  
> to take advantage of the new features in the unmanaged APIs but use  
> managed code, they can use COM interop to get at the new  
> functionality.
>
> NV Access has a grant from Microsoft to implement UIA, and you can  
> find their blog at: http://www.nvaccess.org/blog/MicrosoftGrant2008-2009Announcement
>
> Novell is implementing UI Automation for Linux for the Suse, Ubuntu  
> and RedHat distros under the Mono environment. They are just  
> finishing up on their provider side implementation in March of this  
> year, and then will start to work on the client side  
> implementations. Their support includes accessibility for Winforms  
> and Moonlight (the Linux version of Silverlight). Details about  
> their project can be found at: http://www.mono-project.com/Accessibility 
> . The Novell implementation bridges to the Linux ATK.
>
> UI Automation was donated to with a Microsoft Community Promise the  
> details of the specification are available here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=A1FE1066-BF4F-44FC-834B-676B311E83A2&displaylang=en&tm 
> . One of the documents that is part of the collection of  
> specifications, is the mapping of UIA to W3C ARIA specification.
>
> Kelly
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: w3c-wai-ua-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-ua-request@w3.org]  
> On Behalf Of Henny Swan
> Sent: Thursday, February 26, 2009 8:27 AM
> To: David Poehlman
> Cc: w3c-wai-ua@w3.org
> Subject: Re: Support for UI Automation
>
> Thanks David.
>
> On 26 Feb 2009, at 11:09, David Poehlman wrote:
>
>> on windows, you are better off to stick with msaa and hacks but this
>> has more to do with software than with the web.
>>
>> On Feb 26, 2009, at 5:04 AM, Henny Swan wrote:
>>
>> Hi All,
>>
>> Another quick question for the list if I may.
>>
>> Does anyone know how well UI Automation is supported by screen
>> readers such as Jaws, WindowEyes and others such as NVDA? As I
>> understand it Iaccessible2 is sort of cross platform but not fully
>> (this I am still a bit unclear on I admit) so I am curious to know
>> if UIA would be a better route to go down with regards to a robust
>> cross platform accessibility API.
>>
>> Thanks in advance, Henny
>>
>> --
>> Henny Swan
>> Web Evangelist
>> Member of W3C Web Accessibility Initiative Education and Outreach
>> Group
>> www.opera.com/developer
>>
>> Personal blog: www.iheni.com
>>
>> Stay up to date with the Web Standards Curriculum www.opera.com/wsc
>>
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>> --
>> Jonnie Appleseed
>> with his
>> Hands-On Technolog(eye)s
>> reducing technology's disabilities
>> one byte at a time
>>
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> --
> Henny Swan
> Web Evangelist
> Member of W3C Web Accessibility Initiative Education and Outreach  
> Group
> www.opera.com/developer
>
> Personal blog: www.iheni.com
>
> Stay up to date with the Web Standards Curriculum www.opera.com/wsc
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Henny Swan
Web Evangelist
Member of W3C Web Accessibility Initiative Education and Outreach Group
www.opera.com/developer

Personal blog: www.iheni.com

Stay up to date with the Web Standards Curriculum www.opera.com/wsc
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