IBM beats Microsoft over the head with its own code

IBM’s iAccessible2, code-named Project Missouri, is a specification for technology used to help the visually impaired interact with Open Document Format (ODF)-compliant applications and was developed in part using Microsoft Active Accessibility (MAA) as a starting point.

IBM developed code from the specification and uses it within its own products such as Lotus Notes. In addition, IBM has implemented in code its IAccessible2 specification, which makes accessibility features available to the visually impaired, and plans to donate that to the effort (see related story). The company already has donated the specification itself to the Linux Foundation.