Source: ÆGIS (Ontario)  Results marked with this icon originate in the ÆGIS (Ontario) project. Other results have originated from the ÆGIS (Europe) project. The point of contact between the two projects is the Inclusive Design Research Centre (IDRC) at OCAD University.

Software Products


  • Source: ÆGIS (Ontario)  GnomeShell Magnifier (in production, development continues):

    GnomeShell Magnifier is a built-in magnifier for the GNOME Shell desktop on Linux. Our work has involved adding magnification to GNOME 3.4 as well as upcoming improvements in GNOME 3.6 addressing screen enhancement, such as: lightness inversion, RGB contrast/brightness control and crosshairs for mouse tracking. [Screencast 1 | Screencast 2]

  • Source: ÆGIS (Ontario)  Caribou Onscreen Keyboard (development continued by the Gnome Community):

    Caribou is a text entry and UI navigation application being developed as an alternative to the Gnome On-screen Keyboard. The overarching goal for Caribou is to create a usable solution for people whose primary way of accessing a computer is a switch device. [Screencast]

  • Source: ÆGIS (Ontario)  Next-Generation Java Access Bridge (transitionned to Oracle, development continues):

    This work involved exploring potential improvements to the Java Access Bridge that allows assistive technologies to communicate with Java applications on the Windows platform.


  • Source: ÆGIS (Ontario)  Fluid Infusion (in production, development continues):

    FLUID Infusion is a Web 2.0 component set that is built on jQuery with accessibility and usability as top priorities. Fluid Infusion makes use of WAI-ARIA 1.0, which we are also involved in developing (see below) Current release is 1.4. [Fluid Infusion Demo Portal]

  • Source: ÆGIS (Ontario)  OpenVULab(development continues):

    OpenVULab is an open source tool designed for remote usability and accessibility research. A unique feature of OpenVULab is that it can record video and audio of remote users’ interactions with their computer without the need to install an application on the users’ computer.


  • Source: ÆGIS (Ontario)  Tecla Access Keyboard (publically available, development continues):

    The Tecla Access Keyboard is a a software that enables alternative access and text-entry to mobile devices. The keyboard will be used to provide switch-based interfaces for people with motor impairments. Current release is v0.6.1(beta) for Android. [Download Tecla Access] [Screencast]

  • Source: ÆGIS (Ontario)  tagin! (publicly available, development continues):

    tagin! is a WiFi-based point-of-interest (POI) annotation service and API that may be used to create context-aware, location-based services (LBS) and applications for outdoor and indoor use. Currently, application developers can use tagin! to post and retrieve addresses, indoor references (room, floor and area), and tags that are specific to the location of their WiFi-enabled devices.

Hardware Products

  • Source: ÆGIS (Ontario)  Tecla Access Shield (publicly available):

    The Tecla Shield is a device that allows powered wheelchairs to be connected to mobile devices via Bluetooth for the purpose of controlling the mobile devices with the wheelchairs' pre-configured switches. [Video]

Contributions to Accessibility Standards

Accessible Software Design Resources

Web Sites


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