Making Custom Components Accessible

Adding ATK support to your custom widget will assure its cooperation with the accessibility infrastructure. These are the general steps that are required:

  • assess a custom widget according to the applicable User Interface Guidelines;

  • determine which ATK interfaces a custom widget should implement, according to the widget's feature set and function;

  • assess which ATK interfaces can be inherited from the parent widget class;

  • implement the appropriate ATK interfaces for the widget class in one of two ways:

    If the second method is used, the appropriate factory type must be registered with the AtkObjectFactoryRegistry at runtime.

The GAIL source code serves as an excellent tutorial for advanced ATK usage.