Accerciser 0.1.0 (stretch)
Posted on: 02/25/2007 09:58 AM

Accerciser is an interactive Python accessibility explorer for the GNOME desktop. It uses AT-SPI to inspect and control widgets, allowing you to check if an application is providing correct information to assistive technologies and automated test frameworks. Accerciser has a simple plugin framework which you can use to create custom views of accessibility information.

In essence, Accerciser is a next generation at-poke tool.

== Features

* ORBit, not cspi, based

Like the modern LSR and Orca screen readers, Accerciser uses pyORBit to talk AT-SPI with other applications. The legacy cspi module is avoided.

* Plugin architecture

Create a Python module, drop it in a folder, and have it load as a plugin panel with full access to AT-SPI and the selected element in the accessibility tree view.

* Interface browser and event monitor plugins

All the features you've come to expect from a poke tool, and then some.

* IPython console plugin

A full, interactive Python shell with access to the accessible object selected in the tree view; all AT-SPI interfaces, methods and attributes; and any other Python modules. Supports autocompletion and a million other niceties thanks to IPython.

* API browser plugin

Shows the interfaces, methods, and attributes available on the selected accessible object.

* Global hotkeys

Move the tree view quickly to the last focused accessible or the one under the mouse pointer. Insert a marker into the event monitor log for easy identification at a later time.

* Customizable UI layout

Move plugin tabs to different panels or even separate windows to view them concurrently.

* Accessibility!

Accerciser does not disable its own accessibility.

* Yelp documentation

Included in the package.

* Python powered

Brits, not serpents.

== Authors

Eitan Isaascon ( is responsible for taking a mock-up from Peter Parente ( and turning it into the wonderful, useful tool that it is today.

== For more information

Visit the Accerciser web site at

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