FOSS Workshops Update:Registration Date Extended Upto Aug-23rd, 2011

David Sexton david at
Sun Aug 14 04:51:32 UTC 2011

Dear Sir and list,

This is the second email regarding an "accessibility" workshop.
Again, the forms attached are in a completely inaccessible format - two 
gifs and a pdf file.
How will FOSS become more accessible by accessibility workshops who 
don't care to produce their own documents in an accessible format?
Given the complete disregard of my previous email informing the same, I 
highly doubt the conference's commitment to full accessibility and 
question the purpose of such workshops.
-- David Sexton
  Consultant Catalyst  and systems administrator
International Institute for Social Entrepreneurs Kerala, India
  +91 9400332251
On 8/11/2011 4:48 PM, CDAC-Mumbai at wrote:
> Dear Sir/Madam,
> It gives us, at CDAC, Mumbai, immense pleasure to inform you that 
> CDAC, Mumbai is organising two workshops titled National Workshop on 
> FOSS Desktop Accessibility 
> <> 
> and National Workshop on FOSS Adoption in Education 
> <> 
> during August 26-27, 2011 as a part of National Resource Centre for 
> Free & Open Source Software (NRCFOSS) Phase II initiative.
> will focus on exploring the current trends in the field of 
> accessibility particularly with regard to FOSS. As you may be aware a 
> large section of the society comprising people with different kinds of 
> disabilities finds it difficult to use ICT in the same way as normal 
> people do for fulfilling different purposes. It is very much required 
> to provide such people with assistive technologies that make their 
> interaction with computers more user-friendly and accessible. This 
> workshop intends to serve as a platform to encourage the use of FOSS 
> tools and techniques in creating assistive technologies that are 
> free-of- cost, available to all, easily maintainable etc. for such a 
> large portion of population in a country like India. The workshop will 
> also like to leverage the experiences of all stakeholders to identify 
> and address the issues in those areas of accessibility that are still 
> untouched.
> 27, 2011 is intended to explore the benefits, role, and developments 
> of technology, specifically FOSS, in education. FOSS provides 
> softwares that are free of cost, easily maintainable, community 
> support, customization freedom, etc. Various FOSS tools in education 
> will be demonstrated in the workshop. The participants will also get 
> to experience the work of C-DAC Mumbai in promoting technology/ FOSS 
> in education. The workshop will provide an opportunity to interact 
> with participants from different organizations and industry practitioners.
> The workshop will involve keynote and invited lectures by 
> distinguished researchers and/or professionals. We take this 
> opportunity to extend you an invitation for participation in these 
> workshops. Looking forward to see you or your representative at the event.
> Please find attached registration form and workshop brochures.
> Kindly use the following URLs to access more details about the workshops:
> 1.National workshop on FOSS Desktop Accessibility: 
> 2.National Workshop on FOSS Adoption in Education: 
> Thanking you,
> FOSS Workshops
> Organizing Team
> CDAC, Kharghar
> Navi Mumbai
> Tel: +91-22-27565303 Extn.301
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