How I came to grudgingly accept aria-hidden

Yes, that’s right, I grudgingly accept the fact that aria-hidden is here, and most probably here to stay. Those of you who know me and have been involved in discussions with me, like poor Victor Tsaran, whom I pestered more than once to give me tangible evidence that aria-hidden solves problems normal visibility techniques don’t, […]

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 a little video yesterday where I talk about our progress and give a little demo […]

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 Firefox 24 brings BrailleBack support. The braille output is not merely a mirror of the […]

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, others stalled. One social network that caused some excitement in the community when they announced […]

Switching to Android full-time – an experiment

A few weeks ago, I decided to conduct an experiment. I wanted to determine if Android 4.2.2 “Jelly Bean” was finally ready for me to switch to full-time, away from an iPhone. Background I’ve been an iPhone user for four years, ever since the original iPhone 3G S came out with VoiceOver support in June […]

Sometimes you have to use illegal WAI-ARIA to make stuff work

In this blog post, I’d like to recap an experience I just had while trying to apply some accessibility enhancements to the NoodleApp app.net client. The problem NoodleApp uses keyboard shortcuts to allow users to switch back and forth between posts, messages etc. that are displayed on the screen. Using the j and k keys, […]

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 […]

A top 100 killer web accessibility blog

Last night, I received an e-mail from Jimmy Atkinson, owner of the Web Hosting Database, who informed me that this blog is now listed in the 100 killer web accessibility resources, blogs, forums and tutorials article. I must admit I’m totally blown away by this, and would just like to whole-heartedly thank Jimmy for this […]

Accessibility – what is it good for?

There are those days when you watch a discussion unfold on Twitter, and a point is reached where a statement is made that leaves you more or less speechless for a while. In this case, it was a discussion started by a German web developer who had to review some applicants for his company, young […]

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 a Nexus 7 or other device that already has Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, you can […]