Tag Archives: Accessibility

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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Hiding content untangled: Hiding vs. moving out of the visible viewport

This blog post is once again prompted by something I encountered in the wild. The other day, I was testing browserid.org‘s account manager for accessibility and encountered some inconsistencies in keyboard navigation and screen reader usage. For one, there are … 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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If you use the WAI-ARIA role “application”, please do so wisely!

This goes out to all web developers out there reading this blog and implementing widgets and other rich content in HTML, CSS and JavaScript! If you think of using the WAI-ARIA role “application” in your code, please do so with … 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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Social networks and accessibility: A rather sad picture

In recent months, several popular social networks relaunched or updated their services, and one new player came out onto the plain field that, initially hyped, now is hardly talked about any more. Unfortunately, what all these have in common, is … Continue reading

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From WAI-ARIA to HTML5 and back…or maybe not?

Over the weekend, I gave a presentation at the German Multimediatreff. I talked about how to make things more accessible by combining HTML5 and WAI-ARIA in smart ways, using HTML5 where available and appropriate, and enhancing the user experience where … 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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Firefox 7 is released, new features in accessibility

Firefox Update 7 has just hit the net, and while it’s still hot, I wanted to share a few items specific to accessibility that are included. First and foremost, we participated in the improvements to memory usage and speed. More … Continue reading

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Review: The all-new Yahoo! Mail web application

Yahoo! recently announced the availability of their all-new mail web application. They also made announcements on the Yahoo! Access channels about the much improved accessibility of this new mail interface. Well, it’s time to look at it! So shall we? … 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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What’s new in accessibility in Firefox 6

On Friday May 27, a bigger update was offered to everyone on the Aurora channel that brought them up to a revision 6 Firefox. As this was a bigger update, it is time to also point out the new stuff … Continue reading

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Firefox 6: html:progress element accessibility

Recently, Mounir landed support for the HTML5 progress element on the Mozilla development branch (AKA “Nightly” channel). A few days later, after a concerted effort and another episode of “Marco and C++ are only partially good friends” , accessibility support … Continue reading

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Mozilla is launching the Aurora channel, bringing accessibility features to you more rapidly!

As was just posted on the Mozilla blog, Firefox is moving to a more rapid release cycle from now on. This also means that accessibility features and fixes will be delivered to users more rapidly than in the past. And … Continue reading

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