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 

Tito Kumar
Office of the Legislative Counsel
State of California

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Hi Mario,

There is nothing specific at this time and we are unlikely to start looking at 
accessibility seriously until next year.


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?


2013/12/16 Stephen F Northover <steve.x.northo...@oracle.com>:
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.


On 2013-12-15 7:15 AM, Michał Zegan wrote:

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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