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The latest in accessibility law, strategy, program management, and news, as well as upcoming events, and articles on web development issues, techniques, design patterns, auditing, WCAG, and resources of a technical nature.

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  • Google Chrome Accessibility

    Refer to Google Chrome accessibility update (07/12) Google have launched their new browser, I like many other people have been very keen to install and use it. My first impression…

  • The Helen Project – More Social Accessibility

    The Helen Project is an initiative by the American Foundation the Blind to provide all internet users, especially people with disabilities, the opportunity to register publically available feedback on the…

  • JAWS version 10 with WAI-ARIA live region support!

    I for one have been waiting to hear this news. One of the big 2 commercial screen readers will now support WAI-ARIA live regions. Let’s hope that this prompts GWMicro…

  • Hands-On Accessible Rich Internet Applications (ARIA) @ SXSW Interactive 2009

    Martin Kliehm has proposed a panel for South by Southwest (SXSW) held March 13-17, 2009 in Austin, Texas. : ‘Hands-On Accessible Rich Internet Applications (ARIA)’ .

  • Do WAI-ARIA – Google Is!

    There a bunch of interesting posts on Marco’s blog about WAI-ARIA: The first one ARIA in Gmail #1: Alerts is about the use of the WAI-ARIA role=”alert” and its use…

  • A Brave New alt in {HTML5}

    Update 08/08/09 What the King of HTML5 giveth, he taketh away. The use of { } is now HTML5 history. You can wonder at the greatness of his latest proclamations…

  • Introduction to WAI ARIA – Gez Lemon

    Gez Lemon from TPGi has written an article for Dev.Opera, which provides an Introduction to WAI ARIA.

  • Social Accessibility – Threes a Crowd?

    I started to write a post about the new social accessibility tools/services that have been announced in the last week or so: IBM Social Accessibility Project and Webvisum.

  • Circumventing Hegemony in the HTML WG

    Raising Issues In order to raise an issue or proposal in regards to the HTML5 specification you do not have to be a member of the W3C HTML Working Group…

  • ARIA Slider, Part 3

    After covering a basic ARIA slider as well as a more complex slider component, we will take a closer look at how a slider can be used to create a…

  • ARIA Slider, Part 2

    In my previous post I gave an example for a very minimalistic ARIA slider, with the intention of demonstrating how simple it is to add ARIA using only a few attributes. I know there are some developers out there who wishfully think that, in order to make their rich interface widgets accessible, all they have to do is add ARIA to it. Others are skeptical about ARIA for that very reason. The truth is of course that ARIA is only part of the effort, and work is required to make any widget accessible (whether you’re using ARIA or not). In this post I want to cover some of those issues and give an overview of what else to think about when creating an accessible slider.

  • Sucking on WCAG 2.0

    While at @media I had the opportunity to meet up with Lachlan Hunt, who works at Opera and is a fellow W3C HTML5 working group member. He did a short…

  • WAI-ARIA, it’s Easy – @media 2008

    Last Friday I had the pleasure of presenting at @media 2008 on WAI-ARIA, the Web Accessibility Initiative Accessible Rich Internet Applications specification. The slides from the presentation WAI-ARIA It’s Easy…

  • ARIA Slider, Part 1

    Starting with Steve’s article ARIA Toggle Button and Tri-state Checkbox examples, we will be providing more examples about how to use ARIA roles and states in practice. As Steve mentioned,…

  • Making Twitter Tweet – Using the TPGi Notifier

    As part of my presentation at the Accessibility 2.0 Conference I demonstrated a preferences module conceived by Hans Hillen, Gez Lemon and I, as a proof of concept(s) for ways…

  • HTML5 and alt: The editors new clothes

    The HTML5 editor has recently stated in his defence of the alt being optional: “We truly do believe in research, hard data, and analysis, rather than hypotheticals; and we truly…

  • Developer Beware: Using Flash to Detect Screen Readers

    The facility to detect some Assistive Technology by using Flash has been around since ActionScript 1.0 and Flash Player 6. The method has usually been referred to as a way…

  • Advisory Committee Presents Report on Updated 508 Standards

    On April 3, the Telecommunications and Electronic and Information Technology Advisory Committee (TEITAC) presented its report to the Access Board on updating accessibility criteria for information and communication technologies.