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  • Web Accessibility Toolbar 2.0 Chinese language version

    I am pleased to announce the release of the Traditional Chinese language version of the WAT 2.0 (including a Traditional Chinese version of the Color Contrast Analyser 2.0) The software…

  • Applying WAI-ARIA to Yahoo! Mail

    At CSUN 2008, Hans Hillen from TPGi and Victor Tsarin from Yahoo! presented A case study on applying WAI-ARIA to the new Yahoo! mail rich internet application.

  • IE 8: alt change and longdesc weirdness

    Update for IE 8b2 I have updated the results for IE8 b2, and included tests for input type=”image” Tests and results for HTML 4.01 transitional. Tests and results for HTML…

  • IE 8 beta with WAI ARIA SUPPORT!

    This is amazing news in terms of WAI ARIA implementation ! The W3C defines ARIA (Accessible Rich Internet Applications) as a syntax for making dynamic Web content and custom UI…

  • Screen Readers lack emphasis

    In a recent thread on the Web Standards Group mailing list, the question arose about whether Screen Readers support semantic HTML elements such as strong and em. The short answer…

  • alt in HTML5 – Moving Forward

    As a result of some sage advice from Jason White (a W3C veteran), amongst others. Myself, Laura Carlson and Josh O Connor have started to attend the HTML WG weekly…

  • The title attribute – what is it good for? (resurrected)

    While working at vision australia I presented at Web Essentials 05 on the HTML title attribute, which lead to a right royal fisking by Joe Clark. I also conducted research…

  • alt in HTML5 Required? – to be or not to be

    There has been much discussion both within and outside of the W3C HTML5 Working Group about the HTML5 editor’s decision to make the alt attribute optional, to cover those cases…

  • AJAX and Screen Readers – Content Access Issues

    The rise in the use of AJAX to dynamically change content without refreshing the page has resulted in accessibility problems for users of Assistive Technology such as Screen Readers. The…

  • New WAI-ARIA Working Drafts Published

    WAI-ARIA, the Accessible Rich Internet Applications Suite, defines a way to make Web content and Web applications more accessible to people with disabilities. It especially helps with dynamic content and…

  • HTML 5 first working draft released

    The first working draft of HTML5 has been published: “…to make comments regarding this document, please send them to public-html-comments@w3.org. …All feedback is welcome…The publication of this document by the…

  • NVDA – a free and open source screen reader for Windows

    People often ask on the various accessibility related forums and mailing lists, a question like: If I wanted a Screen reader program which one should I buy? For many developers…

  • Using WAI-ARIA Roles and States with the YUI Menu Control

    Using WAI-ARIA Roles and States with the YUI Menu Control. YUI Menu author Todd Kloots and Yahoo! accessibility guru Victor Tsaran introduce the WAI-ARIA Roles and States

  • Opera’s Lie Blasts Microsoft on IE and Web Standards Support

    Take a look at how Opera’s Hakon Lie publicly blasted Microsoft for it’s lack of support of Web Standards! Lie states, “Opera has filed a formal complaint with the European…

  • The Accessibility Tools Framework (ACTF)

    IBM announced today (4th, December, 2007)Â the contribution of its Accessibility Tools Framework (ACTF)Â to the Eclipse Foundation, an open source community focused on developing a universal platform of frameworks…

  • Providing Context for Ambiguous Link Phrases

    It’s not unusual to stumble upon ambiguous link phrases on web pages (phrases such as, “Click here”, “More”, and so on). Some screen readers allow users to gather a list…

  • CSS Editor bookmarklet for IE

    For times when CSS styles need to be tested, on the fly, in Internet Explorer, the CSS editor bookmarklet can come in handy. It was originally developed from the test…

  • Fieldsets, Legends and Screen Readers

    Note: I wrote this article in 2007, there is a 2023 update Fieldsets, Legends and Screen Readers again. Italian translation Fieldset, Legend e Screen Reader by Roberto Castaldo. The grouping…