Progress on Mac accessibility work in Firefox

This is an update for all who are interested in our Mac accessibility implementation.

After I blogged about this topic last time, we entered into a bit of a rough time having to do with the text interface of the Universal Access protocol. If you want to read the full details, look at this epic bug.

After that was finally done, which added the capability to interact with text using regular VoiceOver commands, and an associated children caching bug was also fixed, work has now picked up pace again in implementing the finer points of web content accessibility:

  1. Password fields are now accessible, as well as many other types of edits.
  2. Labels are now properly exposed. This includes that input elements nested within labels are now being seen by VoiceOver.
  3. List items on web pages will very soon be exposed properly.

With these all out of the way, I believe it’ll be very very soon that we can offer you all a build to test.

A few known issues we will be working on next:

So the list is down, and I actually don’t deem any of these bugs critical in blocking a release to a wider audience. But I am not the one making that decision here, so this is not an announcement. ;-)

Stay tuned to this blog for further information if you’re interested in testing out a Firefox build on the Mac that has VoiceOver support enabled!

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6 Responses to Progress on Mac accessibility work in Firefox

  1. Rodney says:

    Great job, and so many of us are eagerly awaiting our chance to play with FireFox on the Mac.

  2. Alex says:

    Awesome news! We all look forward to testing very soon. Keep up the great work! :)

  3. Marco, great stuff! Any sense of how these fixes percolate back into the XUL framework and this benefit other XUL based applications?

  4. Damian says:

    Looks very promissing. Hope to hear more good news from you.

  5. Professor says:

    I hope this is full steam ahead. A large fraction of University students and faculty (up to a third) have to use the open-source SAKAI Web platform for course management, and Firefox is currently the only non-Windows browser that supports all of its applications. This is what’s keeping me as a professor from switching to the more stable Mac platform. Good luck with it. Try out SAKAI as an accessibility “stress test.”

  6. Marco – Any updates on when VoiceOver support will be launched. It seems promising from the Nightly Build.

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