Category Archives: Firefox

WAI-ARIA showcase: Microsoft Office web apps

Prompted by the recent Microsoft and GW Micro partnership announcement, I took a long overdue look at Microsoft’s Office 365 product offerings. The Home Premium edition not only gives you five installations of full Office Professional versions in your household, … Continue reading

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Why accessibility APIs matter

This morning, Victor from payPal and I got into an exchange on Twitter regarding the ChromeVox extension. ChromeVox is a Chrome extension which provides screen reading functionality for blind users. Through keyboard commands, the user can navigate page content by … Continue reading

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What’s New for TalkBack users in Firefox 25 for Android

Firefox 25 for Android, out as an official release end of October, and on the Aurora channel since August 9, will include a number of new features for visually impaired users. This continues a series of new features introduced in … Continue reading

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Small demo video about Firefox OS accessibility

Over the past few weeks, especially after the launch of Firefox OS devices in early July, I received a lot of questions about the accessibility of this mobile operating system purely based on web technologies. To answer that, I made … Continue reading

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New features for TalkBack users in Firefox for Android 24

Today, I have some exciting news to share with you! Firefox for Android 24 will bring a lot of noticeable improvements for users of TalkBack and alternative Android screen readers. Here’s a round-up of those enhancements and new features: Braille … Continue reading

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Advancements in the accessibility of Facebook

In December 2011, I wrote this overview of the accessibility of social network sites and apps, and I had to paint a rather sad picture about most of the accessibility experiences. As time went by, some things improved here and there, … Continue reading

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Support for TalkBack’s Jelly Bean Explore By Touch now in Firefox for Android nightlies

This is just a quick shout-out to you early adopters that, as of the August 22, 2012 nightly build of Firefox for Android, support for Explore By Touch, Jelly Bean style, has landed and is now working. If you use … Continue reading

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Firefox for Android Nightly builds now with Explore By Touch

As of the June 28, 2012 build of Firefox for Android nightly builds, the Explore By Touch feature of the Ice Cream Sandwich version of TalkBack is supported in web content in addition to the already supported browser user interface. … Continue reading

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How to get WebVisum working again

Update: As of some time this lunch time in Europe, WebVisum is back in full working business. The instructions to edit one’s hosts file to point to the IP address for the WebVisum service directly has, therefore, been removed from … Continue reading

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Quick Navigation keys now in nightly builds of Firefox native for Android

Yes, you heard correctly! Accessible Firefox for Android nightly builds, as of June 13, have quick navigation keys that those who are blind are most likely familiar with from the desktop screen reader world! In short, these are single letter … Continue reading

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First round of accessibility support for Android in mobile Firefox

Lots of exciting stuff happening at Mozilla these days! The accessibility team is ramping up its efforts on multiple fronts. I am pleased to announce that mobile Firefox, code-named Fennec, nightly builds now have a first implementation of accessibility for … Continue reading

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Initial VoiceOver support now in Firefox nightly builds for Mac OS X

Yes, many of you have been waiting for this to happen, and now it’s finally there! From the April 30, 2012 Nightly build onwards, Firefox for the Mac comes with VoiceOver support turned on by default. All you have to … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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New in accessibility in Firefox 10

Firefox 10 has just been released. Here is a recap of the things that were fixed in accessibility for this release. First and foremost, we managed to fix a whole range of bugs related to focus reporting. For more details, … Continue reading

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Accessibility on the Mac: Progress report Jan 30, 2012

After my blog post about the accessibility of Firefox on Mac OS X ramping up stirred up so much interest (thanks again to everyone who commented!), I thought you’d like to hear a bit about the progress we’ve made since … Continue reading

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Would you like to show us what assistive technology you use Firefox with?

For a while now, Firefox has had the ability to collect anonymous usage data. Internally, we call this telemetry. Recently, we also started to incorporate statistics about the way the accessibility features of Firefox are being used. Our newest addition … Continue reading

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Accessible Firefox on Mac OS X – things are ramping up!

This is to announce that work on a VoiceOver accessible version of Firefox for the Mac OS X platform has been gaining some attention recently, and that very promising progress has been made in the last month! Hub Figuière, a … Continue reading

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If you’re not accessible, you lose sales and reputation

Did I ever mention that I love the community, and I love operating systems with truly inclusive design?! Well, now you know! Here’s a little story that took place in the last half hour: I am looking for an RSS … Continue reading

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What’s new in Accessibility in Firefox 8.0

The newest update to Firefox has just been released to the public, and it’s that time again where we look at the user-facing and facing assistive technologies changes in this Firefox release. If not otherwise noted, these changes apply to … Continue reading

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Reworked accessibility focus handling now in Firefox nightly builds

In the nightly Firefox builds, which are already at version 10.0a1, a big refactoring patch was checked in mid of last week that reworks how the accessibility code handles focus changes and setting of the focus and its associated states … Continue reading

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