Eclipse Accessibility Tools Framework (ACTF) Hands-on SessionPublished: Thursday, 30 October 2008
HCW Lab members attended the ACTF Workshop at the just concluded ASSETS 2008 conference.They would like to thank Chieko, Hiro, Shinya and Kentarou from IBM Tokyo Research for their great workshop.
HCW Lab members attended the ACTF Workshop at the just concluded ASSETS 2008 conference. They would like to thank Chieko, Hiro, Shinya and Kentarou from IBM Tokyo Research for their great workshop. It was a very successful workshop where a lot was learnt about the ACTF framework and its underlying components.
The following components were discussed at the workshop, guided by participants' requests:
- Project goal/overall architecture, infrastructure and components: this was the first part of the workshop where an overview of the project was given.
- Visualisation engine and simple visualiser: The University of Manchester team was very interested in this, as they are currently working on extending this component (see visualisation use case).
- aDesigner and how to access original DOM and live DOM: All of the participants were excited to find out that they could use the DOM parser separately in other applications. They were very pleased to learn this. In fact, before the end of the conference, it was heard that one of the attendees had started using the DOM parser in a stand- alone application.
- aiBrowser: The Stony Brook University team was quite interested in learning more about the Flash components and the aiBrowser infrastructure. So, a demo was first given, followed by a detailed overview of the underlying components.
- aDesigner validation component: Again, the University of Manchester team was quite interested in this component. A demo was given, and then detailed explanations on how to extend this component followed (see validation use case).
- Webelo: Some participants wanted to see a demo of Webelo but unfortunately there were some problems in running the application.
The hands-on workshop was definitely useful for researchers who attended. It is hoped that there will be more workshops of this nature, to encourage more people within the research community to participate in this project.