What is the Accessibility Tools Framework?

Kentarou Fukuda (Tokyo Research Laboratory, IBM Research), Michael Squillace (Human Ability and Accessibility Center, IBM Research)

Emerging Technologies · Short Talk
Presentation
Tuesday, 16:00, 10 minutes | Room 203/204 | Download in iCal Format

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Kentarou Fukuda

The Accessibility Tools Framework (ACTF) provides components for building accessibility-related Eclipse plugins and RCP applications for developers, content authors, and testers. The functionality introduced by such plugins or applications includes (but is not limited to) compliance validation, assistive technology simulation, usability visualization, and alternative interfaces for people with disabilities. ACTF's key components include an extensible validation engine, visualization engines, components for alternative interfaces, and model service components that provide access to a variety of applications and content. In this short talk, we will briefly describe some of these components and issue an invitation for you to get involved with the project.

Kentarou Fukuda is Co-technical lead of the Accessibility Tools Framework (ACTF) project. He received his M.E. and Ph.D. degrees in Information and Computer Sciences from Osaka University, Osaka, Japan, in 1998 and 2000, respectively. He joined the IBM Tokyo Research Laboratory in 2000. His research interests include Web accessibility, Web application development, and multimedia systems. He has been an accessibility researcher for 8 years and is one of the originators of the RCP-based accessibility check and usability visualization tool aDesigner.

Michael Squillace is a technical lead for tools projects at the IBM Human Ability and Accessibility Center and has been developing Eclipse-based tools for about 3 years in the area of accessibility enablement for applications and content. It is this work that led to his status as co-technical lead for the Eclipse Accessibility Tools Framework (ACTF). As a totally blind Java developer, he has not only a professional but personal stake in this work. He has been with IBM for 6 years and also is a professional vocalist/pianist.

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