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Microsoft on Thursday is expected to release a new set of developer tools for products that improve the Internet's accessibility for people with disabilities. The tools, called UI Automation, can be used royalty-free, according to Microsoft's Windows Accessibility lead Norm Hodne, as long as the resulting applications are built to perform within all platforms, e.g. Windows or Linux.
Microsoft releases tools to boost Web Accessibility
Microsoft Corp. today committed to contribute its UI Automation specification to the Accessibility Interoperability Alliance (AIA), a new engineering working group dedicated to making it easier for developers to create software, hardware and Web-based products that are accessible to people with disabilities. The UI Automation specification describes Microsoft's latest accessibility framework technology, and will help developers include advanced accessibility functionality into implementations designed for use on any operating system.
"We want to do all we can to help advance the development of assistive technologies across all platforms and help a wider number of users access technology in their daily lives," said Norm Hodne, Microsoft Windows Accessibility lead. "By making Microsoft UI Automation freely available we hope to increase the accessibility of many information and communication technologies and to drive cross-platform interoperability. We welcome the opportunity to work with other AIA members to extend the innovations we have built into UI Automation."
Microsoft Releases Tools to Boost Web Accessibility [microsoft.com]
The UI Automation Specification and Community Promise [msdn2.microsoft.com]
It is a way to make WPF accessible to screen readers. The web is already readable with screen readers, WPF isn't.
Microsoft UI Automation is the new accessibility framework for Microsoft Windows, available on all operating systems that support Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF).
Even their promise not to sue is just a thinly veiled contract for you to not sue THEM.
If you file, maintain, or voluntarily participate in a patent infringement lawsuit against a Microsoft implementation of any Covered Specification, then this personal promise does not apply with respect to any Covered Implementation made or used by you.
Typical, its saying once you use this software, we reserve the right to use any of your patents as if they were our own. If you try to sue us, we will release the dogs and you will lose. No serious company would use this trojan horse.