D8: Aspects of Rich Accessibility Experiences
Alison Lee, IBM TJ Watson Research Center
T.V. Raman, IBM TJ Watson Research Center
Wednesday, March 17, 15:30
Thursday, March 18, 11:00
Providing rich user experiences to users with diverse abilities frequently
requires modifying the application code base or maintaining multiple versions.
An alternative approach is to view accessibility as a cross-cutting concern of
usable and accessible software systems. This makes the task of developing
accessible software both viable and manageable. Furthermore, when accessibility
development is performed using an extensible and open application framework,
developers can leverage the combined capabilities to facilitate the development
of accessible software.
Our demonstration will illustrate three contributions of using aspects with
Eclipse. First, we will show how accessibility enhancements (e.g.,
magnification, speech-enablement) can be added to an application like the
Eclipse IDE. These same enhancements are also available for Eclipse-based rich-
client applications such as the Lotus Workplace Activity Explorer. Instead of
requiring a specialized version of each application, users can simply load the
accessibility add-on plug-ins into the run-time environment and configure their
preferences for the combination of speech and visual enablements they desire.
The accessibility add-on uses aspects as well as Eclipse's frameworks to access
the application context and render information in aural and visual form.
Second, we will show how core functionality of the Eclipse framework can be
extended with additional functionality for enriched accessibility and usability.
In particular, we demonstrate how an "incremental find" capability was added to
all tree widgets in Eclipse and Eclipse rich-client applications. Third, we
will demonstrate two approaches for adding an additional pane such as a
magnifier pane to all Eclipse perspectives that provide layouts for different
tasks such as Java development or code archive browsing.
This is intended to contrast the benefits of using aspects combined with
Eclipse's rich frameworks compared to simply using an Eclipse framework.
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