metadata: need User Interface for SVG accessibility features

Bug #170340 reported by Mental-users on 2004-07-18
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone

Bug Description

1) provide UI for using <title> and <desc> elements, 2)
provide UI for exploiting xml:lang, and 3) maybe some
kind of "accessibility check" command

see also

Peepo (peepo) wrote :

A wiki "What makes Inkscape the ideal tool for creating
accessible SVG?" is here:

Horkana-users (horkana-users) wrote :

bumping priority

exactly this kind of additional information was dicussed in
the context of providing more detailed metadata, but the
importance of it in terms of accessibility wasn't mentioned

Peepo (peepo) wrote :

my apologies, much of the information linked below is
currently offline. let me know if it might be helpful. is a GUI
schema (2004), though W3C has since developed
something similar.
This could be useful accessibility metadata to author.

Chaals, Schepers, and possibly me will be developing
new guidelines in the coming months.

a related project is: 1081266

NB on human computation

1) The Object Properties dialog has title and description fields, but they seem to be grayed out by default (<URL:>, but I'm not familiar enough with GTK to tell for sure).

2) Support for xml:lang is mentioned in a todo comment here <URL:>.

3) An automated accessibility test could ascertain that the relevant attributes are used, but can't really determine if their use actually improves accessibility (e.g. title="[foo]").

Will working on this really make Inkscape-made documents more accessible? For instance, it's common practice to change text to paths when sharing an SVG. In this case, and many others, common practice goes against accessibility concerns.

Changed in inkscape:
status: New → Incomplete
Tom Davidson (tjd-mit) wrote :

Ping: rescuing this bug from expiration because the original report seemed pretty contentful and important... Anyone want to weigh in in the next 60 days to say that it is still desirable?

ScislaC (scislac) on 2008-10-23
Changed in inkscape:
importance: High → Medium
status: Incomplete → Confirmed
jazzynico (jazzynico) on 2010-10-24
tags: added: metadata
tags: added: svg
removed: svg-xml
description: updated
Pablo Trabajos (pajarico) wrote :

Correct me if I'm wrong but the <title> attribute can be now edited in the Save dialog. That's the title of the doc.

There is also a title on the "Object Propierties" dialog (right click on an object).

~suv (suv-lp) wrote :

Pablo wrote
> the <title> attribute can be now edited in the Save dialog

That's a special feature of the native win32 dialogs in Inkscape, but not available on other platforms using the default GTK+ dialogs.

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