Category Archives: Mozilla

Five years at Mozilla

Exactly on this day five years ago, on Monday, December 3, 2007, I started work at Mozilla as the QA engineer for Accessibility. I’d like to take this small anniversary to look back and look ahead. When I started, Mozilla … Continue reading

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NV Access receives a Mozilla grant to further push accessibility on the web

The Mozilla project is very committed to making the web available to all people. To further that goal, members of the Mozilla community actively work with Non-Visual Desktop Access and other accessibility initiatives to make sure everyone benefits from the … Continue reading

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Firefox 4 is here!

Firefox 4 has finally hit the release channels and is available for download immediately! This is a major update that brings a lot of new features and enhancements as well as loads of stability and performance fixes to your browsing … Continue reading

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New in Accessibility in Firefox 4.0

The below is a preliminary recap of the new features in accessibility for the upcoming release of Firefox 4.0. API support Most of the changes are under-the-hood changes that do not have API changes as a consequence. There is one … Continue reading

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What’s up with all those windows?

This blog post has to do with the reasons why Firefox 4.0Beta 5 and Beta 6 are totally inaccessible to most, if not all, Windows assistive technologies, and also cause problems with some mouse drivers and such. It all started … Continue reading

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CSUN 2010 recap

From March 22 to 27, the 5th Annual International Technology & Persons with Disabilities Conference took place at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel in San Diego, California. It is most commonly referred to as CSUN 2010. The Mozilla Foundation had … Continue reading

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Last week in the “Accessible” module, April 20, 2009

After the Easter holidays, pace has picked up again in the development of accessibility features and other work surrounding our eco system. Actions for sorting and expansion/collapsing After some minor setbacks, David’s patch on exposing actions for ARIA sort and … Continue reading

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Happy birthday, world wide web!

Today, CERN will celebrate the 20th birthday of the world wide web. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Tim Berners-Lee for writing the initial proposal and sticking to the idea even though his boss, Mike Sendall forgot about … Continue reading

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Last week in the “Accessible” module, March 2, 2009

This is the first in an ongoing weekly series where I’ll highlight items that the accessibility team has been working on over the last week. I’ll be reporting on fixed bugs, or will also call out on items that we … Continue reading

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At FOSDEM 2009

I’ll be at FOSDEM in Brussels this weekend. I’ll be at the Mozilla booth or attending sessions in the dev rooms. If you feel like dropping by and talk accessibility, ARIA and such, feel welcomed!

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NV Access published their progress on the Mozilla Foundation grant

The new year starts out with a bang! NV Access, the makers of theNVDA, a free, open-source screen reader for Windows, have published their progress report on the current Mozilla Foundation grant. The grant goals were laid out for a … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Support for text attributes and spell checking is coming in Firefox 3.1!

For those of you on the bleeding edge, namely on the Firefox 3.1a1pre nightly builds, the Friday’s nightly build will include one big new feature in accessibility for 3.1: Text attributes and spell checking support! This means that assistive technologies … Continue reading

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Review of the WebVisum Firefox extension

Today, a post announcing the WebVisum Firefox extension was posted to the mozilla.dev.accessibility newsgroup. The things talked about in this post and on the WebVisum homepage almost sound too good to be true. Among the features are: Ability to tag … Continue reading

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Extension developers: 5 things to make your extension more accessible

After my first reach out to extension developers, Aaron and I have brainstormed and come up with the 5 most common things you as an extension developer should consider to make your extension more accessible. Here’s what we came up … Continue reading

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Firefox 3.0 coming Tuesday June 17!

In case you haven’t read it yet: Firefox 3.0 comes Tuesday, June 17. Watch out for an announcement here, and if you’re interested in helping to set a word record, go and pledge here! Even though I’ve only been with … Continue reading

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Accessibility testcases up in Litmus! Go and check them out!

Litmus is Mozilla’s community testing platform that allows anyone to test Firefox or other Mozilla products by running a set of testcases and giving us feedback about whether the test passed or failed. The Mozilla QA team uses these test … Continue reading

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Extension developers: Give your extension an accessibility checkup for Firefox 3!

As Firefox 3 is fast approaching, and you extension developers are getting ready to update your products, it is a good time to also give your extensions a thorough accessibility checkup. Can the extension be launched without using a mouse? … Continue reading

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