"On July 27, the OASIS announced that the first draft update of
ODF (version 1.1) has been posted for public comment. This draft is
more than usually significant, since it seeks to make it easier for
those that implement ODF to make their applications more accessible
to those with disabilities.
"If you are interested in accessibility issues or have been
following ODF, then you probably already know that concerns over
accessibility have factored strongly in the ODF story since last
August, when the first public objections were made by the community
of the disabled in the context of Massachusett's proposed adoption
of ODF. ODF, it became clear at that time, did not offer the same
degree of accessibility to those with disabilities as did Microsoft
Office, when used in conjunction with a number of third party
developer tools. This differential (not surprisingly) has been much
commented on not only by those directly affected, by also by
Microsoft and others who are not proponents of ODF..."
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