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 reader for my Mac. Because I’m blind, I have to use VoiceOver to access the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Firefox 3.5.4 fixes certain comboboxes on Linux with Orca

If you haven’t noticed yet, Firefox 3.5.4 hit the web last night. For accessibility, this brings one major fix all of our Linux and Solaris users will appreciate: Certain comboboxes such as the “Security Question” one on the GMail signup page, were broken in the initial releases of 3.5. When you arrowed, Orca would not […]

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 […]

WordPress 2.6 brings a lot of accessibility improvements!

I just upgraded this blog to WordPress 2.6. This version brings with it a number of accessibility enhancements. One thing you might have noticed already is that there is now a default language set. Default English blogs should now always cause screen readers that support language switching to use the English variant of their default […]

Are Ajax and Accessibility mutually exclusive?

Peter of ATRC and an a11y community member, pointed me to a blog post titled “Stop using Ajax!”, written by OperaDev community member James “Brothercake” Edwards. My initial reaction was “Oh no! Not another one who uses accessibility as the sole argument to rant against a technology he doesn’t like!” And while that outraged feeling […]

Firefox integration into Linux also sounds native to the platform

Michael Ventnor, a Mozilla intern working on the Linux integration of Firefox 3, just posted a great summary of the work that has been done for Firefox 3. For those of you who can see, he also has a bunch of screen shots that show Firefox nicely integrating into the Gnome Desktop on Ubuntu. I’d […]

Orca is gearing up with Firefox!

Last night, the Orca team announced on their mailinglist that, due to a recent bugfix in the Firefox 3 nightly builds, they were able to drastically improve speed while navigating a web page line by line. I tried it out, and I must say you guys really understated this achievement! It feels like Orca with […]