Accessibility Tools and Technologies

At Igalia, we believe that access to software and information is not a privilege, but a right. For this reason, we are committed to making this access possible for individuals of all ages and abilities, from all walks of life, all over the world. Our goal is to ensure that everyone has a compelling and complete range of Free Software solutions which address their unique needs and wants.

Our commitment to accessibility began in 2007 with the accessibility library for Hildon, a UI library for the Maemo platform. Since then, our efforts have expanded to the free desktop where we develop and maintain accessibility solutions at all levels of the stack including:

  • The ATK accessibility toolkit
  • The Orca screen reader
  • Clutter
  • WebKitGTK
  • GNOME Shell

We devote significant time participating in the communities in which we work, engaging end users as partners in the development process and collaborating with other teams to achieve the most consistent and compelling user interaction possible.

Our developers have a combined 20 years of experience in accessibility, with diverse backgrounds ranging from Computer Science to Special Education. Having an interdisciplinary team with expertise in all aspects of accessibility implementations makes it possible to deliver a truly integrated solution.


  • A11y libraries
  • Toolkit and application A11y support
  • Assistive technologies and applications
  • ATK
  • Clutter
  • Orca


Jacobo Aragunde 27/08/2014

Speaking in the next LibreOffice conference

I’m happy to announce that I will be taking part in the 2014 edition of LibreOffice Conference as a speaker. I’ll overview the status of accessibility in our favorite productivity suite, starting with an introduction to accessibility support...

Alejandro Piñeiro 21/07/2014


Leaving tomorrow, as I will be first at the Evince Hackfest

Jacobo Aragunde 10/07/2014

Hot accessibility for LibreOffice 4.3.0

The first release candidates for LibreOffice 4.3.0 are already bouncing around the internet and, besides great new features like the ones I’ve been explaining in my latest posts, they come with a set of fixes to ease the life of … Continue...

Alejandro Piñeiro 28/04/2014

GNOME 3.12.1 out: PDF accessibility progress

Welcome to a new “GNOME 3.12 is out blog post”, somewhat late because I wanted to focus on 3.12.1 instead of the usual 3.12.0, and because I was away for several days due to Easter holidays. As I said just after 3.10, Antía worked hard on...

Jacobo Aragunde 25/02/2014

LibreOffice UX hackfest: for an accessible user experience

Accessibility is one of the areas of interest for us at Igalia, that’s why I traveled to Brussels some weeks ago to take part in the LibreOffice UX hackfest organized by The Document Foundation and kindly hosted by Betacowork. My colleage...