wine and accessibility

Mike Hearn m.hearn at
Fri May 9 05:48:41 CDT 2003

Accessibility on Linux/UNIX is mostly provided these days by ATK,
developed a lot by Sun and GNOME. I think KDE were looking at adopting
this as well. The main problem is that it's rather complex and involves
linking with corba and such. If you are serious about adding
accessiblity support to Wine, then I'd look into native integration in
this way. Otherwise probably implementing the desktop APIs is the
easiest way to get up and running quickly

thanks -mike

On Fri, 2003-05-09 at 11:35, KK singh wrote:
> hi,
> I was trying to run accessibility enabled applications
> with wine. 
> I was happy to find out that things like high contrast
> viewing and keyboard shortcuts seem to work fine.
> But screen readers like jaws fail. They seem to look
> for certain desktop api's Like OpenInputDesktop and
> OpenDesktop, which are stubs in wine.
> Is somebody out there working on "windows station and
> desktop api's" ? e.g. OpenInputDesktop()
> Or, Do an alternative way exists for screen readers on
> unix, and porting accessibility applications from
> windows is not worthwhile ??
> Regards
> -kks
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Mike Hearn <m.hearn at>
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