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The Gramps project aims to provide the best Computer accessibility support.

Unfortunately, not all parts of the Gramps interface have been tested for persons with disabilities.

The Gramps team will try to do its best to support complete accessibility.

Accessibility support

Into Glade

In addition to accelerators, GtkWidget also support a custom <accessible> element, which supports actions and relations. Properties on the accessible implementation of an object can be set by accessing the internal child "accessible" of a GtkWidget. See GtkBuilder UI.

  • Gtk label

A GtkLabel with mnemonic support will automatically generate accessibility keys on linked GtkEntry and UndoableEntry fields. Remember that Gramps also uses custom widgets like StyledTextEditor and ValidatableMaskedEntry, which do not always have relation with a GtkLabel.

  • Toggle buttons and Icons on toolbar

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

Rules for images and buttons

  1. Set a name (eg, same as tooltip) 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</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</property>

Rules for labels and buttons

  • A label for others widgets should use mnemonic_widget() or a relation.
<object class="GtkLabel" id="label2">
  <property name="visible">True</property>
  <property name="xalign">0</property>
  <property name="label" translatable="yes">La_bel:</property>
  <property name="use_underline">True</property>
  <property name="justify">center</property>
  <property name="mnemonic_widget">related_label_entry_name</property>
<object class="GtkButton" id="button1">
  <property name="visible">True</property>
  <property name="can_focus">True</property>
  <property name="receives_default">True</property>
    <relation type="labelled-by" target="label4"/>

Rules for entry

  • Set a name (eg, same as tooltip) if there is no linked mnemonic_widget() on a label.
<object class="StyledTextEditor" id="styled_text1">
  <property name="visible">True</property>
  <property name="can_focus">True</property>
  <child internal-child="accessible">
    <object class="AtkObject" id="styled_text1-atkobject">
      <property name="AtkObject::accessible-name" translatable="yes">Styled Text Editor</property>

Focus and tooltip

  • Think on focus for button.
<object class="GtkToggleButton" id="togglebutton1">
  <property name="visible">True</property>
  <property name="can_focus">True</property>
  <property name="has_focus">True</property>
  <property name="is_focus">True</property>
  <property name="receives_default">True</property>
  <property name="active">True</property>
  <property name="draw_indicator">True</property>
  • Think on tooltip.
<property name="has_tooltip">True</property>
<property name="tooltip_text" translatable="yes">Display a tooltip</property>

Into python

ATK object

# 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)


Sample for setting the focus on the date field if that date field is empty:

def _post_init(self):
    date ='eer_date_entry')
    if not date.get_text_length():


Accerciser provides an AT-SPI Validator Plugin #5313.

Visual impairment

It is helpful to use large fonts, high DPI displays, high-contrast themes and icons supplemented with auditory feedback and screen magnifying software.

About 8% of men and about 0.4% of women have some form of color-blindness.


  • 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.
  • Accelibreinfo: a new eye on computing, improve the accessibility and setting computer.

Bugs and feature requests

  • #2519: Pressing 'Enter' should normally activate OK
  • #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
  • #5310: Missing Date field on MediaRef Editor
  • #5312: Make tooltip on date edition toggle button consistent
  • #5313: AT-SPI issues
  • #5314: Missing Tags environment on MediaRef Editor
  • #5320: Privacy icon/button is not consistent
  • #5349: Filter and "Quick Filter" are not applied when you press [Enter]
  • #5350: Focus on the "Quick Filter" field is lost after clicking on "Find"
  • #5351: Focus on event window should be set to "Event type" by default

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