Features/Improved Accessibility

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Improved accessibility


Switch some parts of Sugar to use Gtk+ widgets instead of HippoCanvas, which has no accessibility support.


Current status

  • Targeted release: 0.86
  • Last updated: August 14th 2009
  • Percentage of completion: 100%

Detailed Description

Gtk+ widgets implement support for some accessibility features, but Hippo Canvas doesn't. Particularly the list views in the Journal and the activity list are implemented in Hippo Canvas and could use instead Gtk+ widgets.

Benefit to Sugar

It will be easier for integrators of Sugar to provide solutions with a wider range of accessibility features.


The change affects only the shell.

How To Test

Features/Improved Accessibility/Testing

Use the activity list and the journal and check that you can do everything you used to.

User Experience

This should be only noticeable to people using a screen reader or other components that make use of the accessibility features of Sugar. Scrolling in the journal should be a bit smoother.



Contingency Plan

None necessary, revert to previous release behaviour.


Further information about making Sugar more accessible: http://library.gnome.org/devel/accessibility-devel-guide/nightly/

Release Notes

Sugar 0.86 features improved interfacing with accessibility features already used in GNOME.

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