Accessibility Evaluation for Open Source Word Processors

  • Christophe Strobbe
  • Bert Frees
  • Jan Engelen
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7058)


In parallel with the products of Microsoft’s Office suite, two open source word processors are gaining popularity. Writer and its more recent alternative (or “fork”) LibreOffice Writer both implement as their default storage format the OpenDocument Text format (ODT, a subset of ODF) and support various output formats including the Portable Document Format (PDF) and XHTML. Through the extensions “odt2daisy” and “odt2braille”, developed within the European ÆGIS project, both Writers can also export ODT documents to DAISY (audio books, talking books) and to printable Braille, taking into account its language and country dependent formatting rules. This contribution focuses on the accessibility evaluation software that was developed in the same European ÆGIS project, intended to support authors in creating accessible ODT documents that can be converted error-free into DAISY and/or Braille.


Accessibility accessibility evaluation office documents LibreOffice Evaluation and Report Language (EARL) 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christophe Strobbe
    • 1
  • Bert Frees
    • 1
  • Jan Engelen
    • 1
  1. 1.Katholieke Universiteit LeuvenHeverlee-LeuvenBelgium

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