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Accessibility support


  • AEGIS acronym stands for Open Accessibility Everywhere: Groundwork, Infrastructure, Standards.
  • Possibility project is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating groundbreaking open source software for persons with disabilities.


Gramps aims to provide the best accessibility support. Unfortunatly, all parts of the interface have not been always tested for persons with disabilities. Gramps team try to do its best for a complete accessibility support.

Into Glade

  • Gtk label

GtkLabel automaticaly generates accessibility keys on next GtkEntry] and UndoableEntry fields. Remember that Gramps also uses custom widgets like StyledTextEditor and ValidatableMaskedEntry, which do not always provide relation with a GtkLabel.

  • Toggle buttons and Icons on toolbar

Gramps often uses GtkToggleButtons and alone GtkPixmap (image without label), this excludes blind people and generates a poor interface for accessibility.

Rules (draft)

  1. set a name for a button with image
  2. set a description for all images and icons
<object class="GtkButton" id="date_edit">
  <property name="visible">True</property>
  <property name="can_focus">True</property>
  <property name="receives_default">True</property>
  <property name="has_tooltip">True</property>
  <property name="tooltip_text" translatable="yes">Invoke date editor</property>
  <property name="relief">none</property>
  <child internal-child="accessible">
    <object class="AtkObject" id="date_edit-atkobject">
      <property name="AtkObject::accessible-name" translatable="yes">Date edition</property>
    <object class="GtkImage" id="image2264">
      <property name="visible">True</property>
      <property name="icon_name">gramps-date</property>
      <child internal-child="accessible">
        <object class="AtkObject" id="image2264-atkobject">
          <property name="AtkObject::accessible-description" translatable="yes">Date edition</property>

  1. alternative to tooltip is the description => like atk_object_set_description()
  2. a label for other widget should use mnemonic_widget() or a relation => like atk_relation_set_add_relation()

TODO need to look further for mnemonic_widget() and focus.

Think on accessibility support for widgets without Gtk label or alone image on a toggle button, by adding:

<property name="AtkObject::accessible-name" translatable="yes" comments="">Name access</property>
  <relation type="labelled-by" target="label209"/>

Into python


# mark the root of this window with its PID so we can easily identify it
# as this app
root_atk = atk.get_root()
label_acc = label_widget.get_accessible()
entry_acc = entry.get_accessible()
label_acc.add_relationship(atk.RelationType.LABEL_FOR, entry_acc)
entry_acc.add_relationship(atk.RelationType.LABELLED_BY, label_acc)


Accerciser provides a AT-SPI Validator Plugin #5313.

Bugs and feature requests

  • #3069: GtkTreeView is very slow / crashes with Assistive Technologies / ATK / a11y enabled
  • #5301: ATK support
  • #5308: Review focus on Editors with toggle buttons
  • #5309: Review ValidatableMaskedEntry for a better Accessibility support