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Mono Accessibility 2.1 Released

We just released our first 2.x series update this week.  This release brings a 127 bug fixes.

Over the last several months a fair amount of attention has been paid to improving at-spi2 as well.  For those that don’t know what at-spi2 is its the next generation of Assistive Technology Service Provider Interface.  The new at-spi2 using dbus in an effort to remove corba and bonobo from the gnome stack.

A huge benefit of this work is that kde will be able to use it without pulling in a bunch of gnome dependencies allowing for a clean desktop independent accessibility infrastructure.

Some release details:

  • Improved compatibility with AT-SPI2, including fixes and performance.
  • More compatibility with Silverlight Accessibility for UIA Clients.
  • Caching improvements in UIA Client API.
  • Support for custom providers and client-side providers.

As well as where you can find the packages:

For more details – The UIA Team Blog

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The new Mono UIA Status page

We just added a new site to our server.  Our new site is very similar to the Mono team’s status pages.  In fact its running the same software!  The link you ask? Well, here it is the Mono UIA team’s status pages.  This allows you to see the Mono UIA team’s progress with respect to porting the assemblies over to Linux.

We are currently working on fixing bugs, adding support for moonlight 2, and building out the client side.  So, if your company writes software that takes advantage of UIA we’d love to hear from you!

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New Mono UIA repos

For those that haven’t heard I’ve been working at Novell on a11y (accessibility). The area that I focus on is the build stuff. We finally have 3 major projects in OBS: Mono:UIA, Mono:UIA:Preview, and Mono:UIA:Bleeding. Mono:UIA is for our currently released version and is updated every release.  Mono:UIA:Preview is currently tracking trunk until we branch for 1.0 and is updated every Friday.  Mono:UIA:Bleeding is tracking trunk and is updated every night at 5 MST.

So, if you are interested in testing  out our code here are some 1-clicks:

Mono:UIA – openSUSE 11.0

Mono:UIA – openSUSE 11.1

Mono:UIA:Preview – openSUSE 11.0

Mono:UIA:Preview – openSUSE 11.1

Mono:UIA:Bleeding – openSUSE 11.0

Mono:UIA:Bleeding – openSUSE 11.1