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 experience. And of course it is accessible!

Some recent posts on the subject by me:

  1. New in Accessibility in Firefox 4
  2. New support for HTML5 elements and attributes, with a lively discussion and some revamping going on for a very near future update esp to the landmark piece

If you’re a user of NVDA, Orca, JAWS, Window-Eyes, Dolphin SuperNova, Serotek System Access or Baum Cobra, you’ll be good to go with current versions of the products! Please make sure to update to the latest revision for your screen reader that you can access before using Firefox 4, as it was reported to us that some early revisions of JAWS 11, for example, cause problems invoking the virtual buffer.

We expect all screen magnifiers that worked in Firefox 3.6 to work in 4, too. Same goes for speech recognition and other assistive technology programs on Windows and the GNOME Desktop on Linux.

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 users, helping to improve web pages here and there by allowing to label improperly labelled graphics or form fields, and – more importantly – it includes the connection to a captcha solving service, which has allowed blind users to participate more equally in web forums, certain blog systems and other services that still require graphical captcha entry.

The problem is that the WebVisum developers do currently not have the resources to port the extension over to Firefox 4.

So if you are a skilled extension developer, please consider donating some of your valuable time to this extension and help port it to FX 4! You’ll be helping a growing part of the Mozilla community continue to participate in today’s web offerings!