[Thunar-dev] Thunar and accessibility

Benedikt Meurer benedikt.meurer at unix-ag.uni-siegen.de
Tue Nov 11 10:30:48 CET 2008

On Nov 11, 2008, at 02:38 , Brian J. Tarricone wrote:

> Quiring, Sam wrote:
>> Greetings,
>> I am exploring the at-spi accessibility interface on Ubuntu.  I  
>> created
>> a simple dump program that displays data about the accessible  
>> components
>> on my desktop.  Thunar is running on my desktop.  My dump program
>> displays everything in the Thunar window, except it cannot find any  
>> data
>> about the table of files in either "Detailed List" view or the "Icon"
>> view.  I have not tried the "Compact List" view.  The dump program is
>> able to dump information in the table cells for the Thunar Shortcuts
>> side pane, so I am confident that the dumper is working.
>> I first posted a query to the accessibility mailing list and they  
>> asked
>> if the Thunar widgets used to display the content of the file view  
>> were
>> possibly custom widgets?  The point of that question is that all  
>> stock
>> gtk+ widgets have accessibility info, if someone wrote a custom  
>> widget
>> the accessibility info might not be working yet.
>> So I thought I'd ask the Thunar developers about the state of
>> accessibility.
> Yup, Thunar does indeed use custom widgets for the tree view and icon
> view at least.  I'm surprised Benny didn't add even some accessibility
> support; I know I've seen code from him before that's done this.

I worked on a11y support for ExoIconView, and it did even work to some  
degree, but I couldn't get it to work properly due to various gtk bugs  
IIRC, hence I dropped it from libexo. The tree view should work just  
fine, it's just a stupid GtkTreeView.

> 	-brian


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