Hi all,

We've been looking at Accessibility in FX for quite a while now and it has 
proved a very difficult component to implement.  For one reason or another it 
has simply not made it into the toolkit. Accessibility is a critical component 
and one that is essential for a number of reasons.  I'm pleased to announce 
that we've been working hard to tame the beast:


The results of this exploration are looking really good.  Just like previous 
accessibility implementations, the plan is to make the code available in 
OpenJFX, but have it be disabled by default until it is ready.  Fortunately, 
the Accessibility API is small and the code does not run unless triggered by 
the screen reader.  This allows us to include the implementation before it is 
ready without destabilizing the code base.  The idea behind releasing 
Accessibility now is to allow people to try the code and contribute.

It is important to understand that we are at the alpha stage in development.  
The API is not settled and neither is the implementation, but we have reached 
the point where we have proved the design with working code.  Working code is 
worth its weight in gold, especially when dealing with the low level details of 
different operating systems.  If not careful, it is quite easy to design an API 
that cannot be implemented on a particular platform and then be stuck with it.

There is nothing official in terms of the release date, but as important dates 
get closer (8u20, 8u40 and 9), we will be evaluating where we are at.  This 
might mean that the experimental Accessibility API may disappear temporarily 
only to reappear quickly in the early days of the next release.  There will be 
no API before its time.

Please follow along with us in JIRA, on this list and in the 

You will need to set -Djavafx.accessible=true to enable accessibility (it is 
disabled by default).  Currently only Windows 8 and Mac OSX 10.9 are supported. 
 Of course, Windows 7 and Mac 10.8 need to eventually work too and the brave 
among you can force the code to run using -Djavafx.accessible.force=true.

We are at the point where we're looking for community involvement in testing 
and implementation.  We are not yet ready for third party controls.  First, we 
need to get the built in FX controls working to be accessible and then use what 
we have learned.

Thanks for being so patient with us,


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