we at Sun are working on accessibility support for the Mac Port of
OpenOffice.org / StarOffice.
As we are are getting closer to a usable state of our work, we are
wondering which accessibility tools are used most out there. Right
now we are testing against VoiceOver, since it ships with every Mac.
Do you know of other products supporting the NSAccessibility-API we
should test against?
Any hints are appreciated.
I'll second Bill's PreFab UI Browser. I use that instead of Apple's
tools. Mainly because it includes stuff like what accessibility
notifications are being sent. This was critical to me as I had many
custom UI elements where I needed to add accessibility "from scratch".
The other cool thing about that product is that it can create GUI
scripts. I don't personally use that as a testing mechanism, but
perhaps that's something that may help you out.
I also test with VoiceOver, but IMO that technology isn't exhaustive
in that it won't provide you the complete list of things to do in your
app to fully support accessibility.
Finally, note that there are some things that these tools will not
provide. I use an app (freeware) called Color Oracle. It lets you
simulate color deficiencies. The usage of color within OpenOffice may
not be an issue at all. But, if you find that parts of the app are
using color alone to denote some state, those colors may show up the
same way for some users (e.g. a circle filled with red or green)
Definitely check out the various official websites on Section 508.
The bulk of the work should be provided by Apple in that if you tap
into the frameworks correctly, you'll gain the proper support. The
websites may enumerate other areas that you may want to work on.
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