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 Android built-in. All you need to do is turn on Talkback, or any accessibility for […]

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 do is turn on VoiceOver, or launch Firefox Nightly from Finder or LaunchPad with VoiceOver […]

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 Universal Access protocol. If you want to read the full details, look at this epic […]

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, please read this post. In Linux, the caret position is now correctly updated again when […]

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 then. When I wrote the original blog post, what we had was very basic content […]

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 to this feature is the collection of data about which screen reader is being used […]

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 new member of the Mozilla accessibility team who started in November, has taken on the […]

Quick tip: Handling the sub menus in the WordPress 3.3 admin area with a screen reader

This is a quick tip to show how to use the new sub menus in the admin area of WordPress 3.3 with a screen reader. For this, I’m using NVDA 2011.3RC, and Firefox 9. The new sub menus are a way to more quickly access items in the sub menus of “Dashboard”, “Posts” etc. without […]

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 Thunderbird as well, since it is built on the same platform. First and foremost, the […]

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 for screen readers and assistive technologies. Among the improvements this rework introduces are bug fixes […]