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Re: Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT)?


I started reading but it is always a pain for me understanding such documents. Perhaps we could ask to Ubuntu how they did to get this certification? From a method point of view, how does it work? Is it a list of criterias and we should fill them against a desktop or an app, or is it a kind of guidelines?

Thanks for your help to understand this, I am interested to fill such report about Debian (MATE and tty for example)


Jean-Philippe MENGUAL
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Le 29/03/2022 à 00:50, Jason White a écrit :

On 28/3/22 13:57, Samuel Thibault wrote:
I don't know about VPAT, but since Ubuntu has one, I guess Debian can
have one, it'd be a matter of somebody having a look at it.
The latest version of the VPAT allows for reporting of conformance to both U.S. and E.U. accessibility standards.


Writing one for any Linux distribution would be an enormous undertaking, given the number of packages involved. A Linux distribution, as is well known in the community, includes an abundance of application software in addition to operating system components. If everything that provides a user interface would need to be evaluated for purposes of the report, then it's an extraordinary task.

I suppose one could write a VPAT for each desktop environment (also a large task) and one for each application.

I think this is probably best left to commercial distributors who are selling Linux-based systems to clients such as public-sector entities that require VPAT documentation.

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