Stephen F Northover steve.x.northover at
Tue Dec 17 13:26:38 PST 2013

Hi Tito,

Let me give you some background about where we are.  There is a 
prototype implementation that implements some of accessibility for 
Windows and Mac.  This has been released for a while but is disabled in 
FX for jdk8.  There is no public API to make use of it and the FX 
controls have not been hooked up to use it.

The focus for the past while has been on getting FX into jdk8 and 
meeting the ZBB (Zero Bug Bounce) deadline.  Many issues needed to be 
deferred from 8 and will need to be looked at for 8u20.  The deferred 
issues will likely consume the committers for the rest of the year.

Starting next year, which is closer than you think, accessibility will 
once again be looked into.  Please escalate with Oracle representatives 
and who ever else can give us the ammunition to get this implemented.


On 2013-12-17 2:43 PM, Kumar, Tito wrote:
> Just to add to this thread.  We have been developing quite extensively over the last year and half with the understanding that JavaFx would be rehab compliant with the release of JDK 8 .  At least that was the commitment  during JavaOne 2012 conference.  We are escalating this issue with local Oracle representatives and executive management to give this a higher priority.  As a government agency we cannot deploy if the application is not 508 compliant.  It is after all the law of the land.  Any assistance from this community is appreciated.
> Tito Kumar
> Office of the Legislative Counsel
> State of California
> -----Original Message-----
> From: openjfx-dev-bounces at [mailto:openjfx-dev-bounces at] On Behalf Of Stephen F Northover
> Sent: Tuesday, December 17, 2013 9:37 AM
> To: Mario Torre
> Cc: openjfx-dev at
> Subject: Re: accessibility
> Hi Mario,
> There is nothing specific at this time and we are unlikely to start looking at accessibility seriously until next year.
> Steve
> On 2013-12-17 4:47 AM, Mario Torre wrote:
>> It would probably make sense to try doing this together rather than
>> waiting for things to happen, this way you could use this wonderful
>> workforce that your community is!
>> Can you maybe point to bugs and/or share with us specific issues (and
>> pain points) yet unresolved?
>> Cheers,
>> Mario
>> 2013/12/16 Stephen F Northover <steve.x.northover at>:
>>> Hi Michael,
>>> Accessibility has been on and off the radar for OpenJFX for quite a
>>> while now.  Some preliminary work was done, but a final
>>> implementation and API was never reached.  Further, the people who
>>> were working on it either left the company or left to work some place
>>> else.  The thing that makes accessibility difficult is that it is
>>> platform specific, has a big API and touches many different component
>>> areas.  If you think about it, in the case of a visually impaired
>>> user, accessibility is presenting a widget system to be navigated that is independent of any output.
>>> Although nothing is official, we are looking to deliver accessibility
>>> in JDK9.  If something is ready earlier, it is possible that it could
>>> appear in an earlier release.
>>> Thanks for being so patient with us.
>>> Steve
>>> On 2013-12-15 7:15 AM, Michał Zegan wrote:
>>>> Hello,
>>>> I have the following question:
>>>> Does javafx support or plan to support accessibility?
>>>> Another question is: if it is planned, then for what release?

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