WebVisum had to switch to an invitational registration system, I can give out invites!

As you may have read on the WebVisum website, the team had to switch to an invitation-based registration system. The spambot abuse attempts became such a toll on the team after such a short time already that they were forced to take this step. However, all is not lost with this step! There are already […]

Jim Zemlin on this year’s breakout of the Linux desktop

Jim Zemlin of the Linux foundation wrote a very good post on this year being the year of the Linux desktop breakthrough. One thing he did only mention marginally, but which I think is just as important for certain users/markets, is the fact that there is now a wide range of accessibility solutions available for […]

JAWS 10 public beta’s Firefox 3 support: A review

In the August issue of the “FS Cast” podcast, Freedom Scientific announced the soon-to-be expected availability of JAWS 10 public beta. They also demoed many of the new features, like the automatic forms mode switching. They also mentioned that they improved Firefox support a lot and that the web should feel transparent now regardless of […]

A job opportunity in Mozilla accessibility!

The Mozilla Corporation has the following job opportunity available: The Mozilla Corporation is looking for a full time engineer to develop accessibility in its software. The job will involve working with a small team to develop support for a wide variety of 3rd party assistive technologies such as screen readers, screen magnifiers, on-screen keyboards and […]

New: Firefox 3 with Screen Readers FAQ online!

After the release of Firefox 3, it became apparent that there were many questions that came up again and again on the various mailing lists. The accessibility team along with several community members formulated a set of frequently asked questions and answers over the course of the past few weeks. We’ve been tweaking it and […]

ARIA in Gmail #2: Enhancing the Chat experience

This post continues a series on the implementation of ARIA (Accessible Rich Internet Applications) in Gmail. On July 30, Orca team lead Willie Walker forwarded a message to the Orca mailing list titled Orca & gmail. The message is originally by Srinivas Annam, an accessibility web developer at Google. He describes a couple of enhancements […]

More ARIA in the news

As I’m catching up with news after my return from Whistler, I have two suggested ARIA-related readings for you: Gez Lemon of the Opera Developer community has posted an article titled Introduction to WAI ARIA. This is probably the most comprehensive, but easy to understand, introduction to WAI ARIA I’ve come across so far! Thanks […]

Progress on automated testing for the accessibility module

Today, I checked in two changes that allow the unit tests we’ve developed for the accessibility module so far, to run on what we call a staging server. A staging server is a server that simulates production conditions, but isn’t the live thing just yet. It allows us to test new features in build, testing, […]

ARIA in Gmail #1: Alerts

Google have recently started to put ARIA (Accessible Rich Internet Applications) into GMail. This means that ARIA is now getting a lot more exposure than it used to, with GMail being probably one of the most widely used web applications today. It’s great to see that the hard work Mozilla, IBM, the W3C and especially […]