Introducing ATK, AT-SPI, GAIL and GTK+

ATK is the toolkit that GNOME uses to enable accessibility for users needing extra support to make the most of their computers. ATK is used by tools such as screen readers, magnifiers, and input devices to permit a rich interaction with the desktop through alternative means. See the ATK SourceForge Project and the ATK Library for more information.

AT-SPI is the primary service interface by which assistive technologies query and receive notifications from running applications. The full API can be explored here. Additional material is available from the KDE Accessibility Development Community.

GAIL (GNOME Accessibility Implementation Library) is an implementation of the accessibility interfaces defined by ATK. GTK is a toolkit which is already mapped to ATK by the GAIL module. License, download and other information can be found here. The GAIL source code also serves as an excellent tutorial for advanced ATK usage. In addition, you may be interested in the GAIL Reference Manual.

GTK+ is a library for creating graphical user interfaces. It works on many UNIX-like platforms, Windows, and on framebuffer devices. GTK+ is released under the GNU Library General Public License (GNU LGPL), which allows for flexible licensing of client applications. GTK+ has a C-based object-oriented architecture that allows for maximum flexibility. Bindings for other languages have been written, including C++, Objective-C, Guile/Scheme, Perl, Python, TOM, Ada95, Free Pascal, and Eiffel.

For additional, in-depth information regarding GTK/GTK+, see the GTK+ Reference Manual, the GTK section of the ATK Guide, the GNOME-hosted GTK+ 2.0 Tutorial and the official GTK+ FAQ.