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Breaking the Barrier to Enterprise Adoption — Why Accessibility Matters

Wednesday, 25 January 2023 | Akademy


The handicap accessibility of KDE software has lagged behind both proprietary and open source alternatives. This represents a tremendous barrier toward expanding our enterprise presence, as both public and private organizations have a legal requirement to provide workers and users with software that meets a certain standard of accessibility. The purpose of this talk is to inform KDE developers of how they can directly improve the lives of disabled people while attaining compliance with both open source standards and legal mandates.

The issue of inadequate accessibility has already complicated the deployment of KDE software at organizations such as NASA, and will negatively impact the community's long-term ability to attract contributors. We must ensure KDE software meets modern standards for accessibility so that we can be a healthy, global, and inclusive community that elevates the lives of people through free software.