Free / Open Source, Free / Open Standards, and Accessibility
IBM is donating its Project Missouri accessibility API to the Free Standards Group, according to the Linux blog. Andy Updegrove reports some more details about it.
Mark Pilgrim has written about accessibility and why it is important. I am excited about FOSS taking the lead here. As this gets incorporated into the next version of ODF and its implementations (such as OpenOffice.org, I can see less and less reason to buy an expensive proprietary office suite, especially one that will incur significant support costs because of certain changes that were made to their user interface.
It seems that once again Free and Open Source Software will be the leaders. In many ways, they always have been, but this could make the difference visible to the common user as government accessibility mandates begin to require companies and agencies to displace their old proprietary software because it is non-conformant.