Tag Archives: Firefox

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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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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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 … Continue reading

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The WebVisum extension needs you!

This is a shout-out to all interested extension developers who have some time to donate to the WebVisum extension project. As you can read in my review of the extension, it is one of the most important extensions for blind … Continue reading

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First time driver: A critical fix for Firefox 4.0Beta11

This already happened a while ago, but I just now found time to blog about it. It was during preparation of Firefox 4.0Beta11 that I found a critical accessibility issue while the second build candidate was already in testing. The … Continue reading

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New accessibility support for HTML5 elements and attributes

In the nightly builds starting November 9th, 2010, there are some HTML5 elements and attributes newly supported by the accessibility APIs. This will be in Firefox 4.0. Landmark elements mapped to WAI-ARIA landmark roles We are mapping the following HTML5 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Roundup: What is the Mozilla Accessibility Team working on?

Well, it’s been a while since I posted here I’m afraid. The reason was not an outbreak of laziness, but on the contrary the fact that the accessibility team at Mozilla is alive and kickin’, and working on the next … Continue reading

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Last weeks in the “Accessible” module, May 11, 2009

Sorry for being a slacker in updating you guys regularly on what’s been happening! But we’ve been quite busy at getting some stuff finished and hopefully ready for inclusion in 3.5. I already posted about the return of the descriptions … Continue reading

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The descriptions are back!

For those of you following along the Firefox 3.5 development cycle, you may have noticed a regression when dealing with HTML elements that have both screen text and a title attribute, such as the previous link in this sentence. In … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Extension tip, and feedback appreciated: Feed Sidebar

The extension Feed Sidebar by Christopher Finke is a small extension that allows to view one’s Live Bookmarks in a sidebar, much like one would view history or bookmarks. It is not a new RSS feed management, but instead operates … Continue reading

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Article on how to use NVDA and Firefox to test web sites for accessibility

I just published an article on how to use NVDA and Firefox to do website testing. This article can be found on the front page of my blog under the “Pages” section, in the “Articles” sublist. The article is meant … Continue reading

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Updated ARIA-spiced form example to work in IE 8

I updated my simple form example from the third Easy ARIA Tip to also work in IE 8. I had to explicitly state a doc type to put IE out of quirks mode into proper IE 8 mode, and I … Continue reading

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Last week in the “Accessible” module, March 30, 2009

The last week was rather short, but no less busy. First, on the off-code side, I attended the European Accessibility Forum Frankfurt (EAFRA) conference on Friday, March 27. Christian Heilmann from Yahoo! posted a great summary of the event and … Continue reading

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Firefox 3.0.7 fixes screen reader users in GMail!

As you may or may not have read yet, Firefox 3.0.7 was just released. This security and stability update brings a very important fix for all screen reader users wanting to use GMail. Previously, it was not possible to open … Continue reading

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NVDA 0.6p3 released, quite some news for Mozilla users!

As you may or may not have read, the NVDA team released NVDA 0.6p3 last night. Below, I’d like to highlight those of the changes that are of special interest to those using Mozilla products such as Firefox or Thunderbird … Continue reading

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