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 Messaging had just been formed to drive and oversee the development of Mozilla Thunderbird. Mozilla […]

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 web. Non-Visual Desktop Access (NVDA) is the best free screen reader solution for Windows and […]

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 experience. And of course it is accessible! Some recent posts on the subject by me: […]

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 new addition that helps get around the now absent window hierarchy, see this post for […]

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 with Bug 130078, a sequence of digits probably everyone in the Mozilla platform team will […]

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 a booth at CSUN for the fourth year in a row. David, Alexander Surkov and […]

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 expand/collapse attributes finally landed today. This means that: An element that has aria-sort set, will […]

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 it after calling it “vague, but exciting…”. For me, the web has opened a ton […]

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 might appreciate your help on. Since this is the first issue, and my last update […]