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


Antía Puentes 04/09/2013

Accessibility in Evince

The primary objective of the Friends of GNOME Accessibility project is to improve document accessibility.  As part of this effort, Igalia has been working in several areas related to PDF documents, focusing primarily on Evince and poppler . Keyboard...

Alejandro Piñeiro 04/02/2013

Going back from FOSDEM 2013

Last week planet GNOME was full of “Going to” posts. This is my traditional “Coming from” post. Most of my events-related posts are written after the event itself. I blame the need to write slides. Anyhow, I’m back from...


Just finished my talk at #fosdem. More people than expected. Thanks everybody for coming, in spite of being the earlier talk #a11y #igalia at 11:17 Feb 3rd 2013 by Alejandro Piñeiro


Second day of #fosdem, starting with @infapi00's talk about making #gnome accessible by default. #a11y #igalia at 10:47 Feb 3rd 2013 by Adrián Pérez

Alejandro Piñeiro 09/10/2012

Going back home

In some hours I will go back to Spain. The last three days I was attending the Boston Summit. I will not repeat what happened there as we have really good summaries written by Colin Walters (here) and Matthias Clasen (here and here). Anyway want to...



Optionally announce when entering and leaving blockquotes, lists, and tables

* Announcement is enabled by default, for both navigation and Say All * Announcement of each object type is independent (e.g. you can enable blockquotes, but disable tables and lists) * Announcement during navigation is independent of announcement...

Joanmarie Diggs11/01/2017