Accessibility features in Firefox for iOS

After nine months in development, Mozilla recently released a preview of Firefox for iOS to New Zealand, Austria and Australia, with it slowly rolling out to more select countries over the coming weeks. Firefox for iOS is bringing your synchronized bookmarks, history and other information associated with your Firefox account to the iOS platform. Moreover, […]

The switch back to Windows has been reverted – quite some time ago actually

This is a post I should have written quite some time ago, but never got around to doing so. But since I like to follow-up with things I wrote on my blog, it’s time I tied up this loose end. In February of 2014, I wrote a post titled Switching Back To Windows. It reflects […]

Improvements in accessibility for Mac OS X in Firefox 41

During a big Mozilla event in June in beautiful Whistler, British Columbia, Canada, a few team mates, contributors and I had the chance to work on some improvements to what Firefox exposes to VoiceOver on the Mac OS X operating system. These improvements will be in Firefox version 41, currently in beta, which will be […]

How to map your Mac’s CapsLock key to a NVDA or JAWS key in a Windows virtual machine

OK folks, this is hopefully it, the ultimate way to map the CapsLock key of your MacBook to be used as a NVDA or JAWS modifier key in a virtual machine running Windows. The problem The MacBook’s keyboard has no insert key. The insert key, however, is the main modifier key used by screen readers […]

An update on office solutions in the browser and on mobile

Regular readers of my blog may remember my January 2014 shout out to Microsoft for implementing great accessibility in their Office Online offering. Later in the year, I also gave an overview over the accessibility in Google apps. Now, in late April 2015, it is time for an update, since both have made progress. We […]

Social networks and accessibility: A not so sad picture

This post originally was written in December 2011 and had a slightly different title. Fortunately, the landscape has changed dramatically since then, so it is finally time to update it with more up to date information. Social networks are part of many people’s lives nowadays. In fact if you’re reading this, chances are pretty high […]

Advanced ARIA Tip #2: Accessible modal dialogs

One question that came up more and more in recent months is how to create an accessible modal dialog with WAI-ARIA. So without further ado, here’s my take on the subject! An example To lay the ground work for some terms we’ll be using, let’s look at an example. A dialog is basically a sub […]

Blog change: Now using encrypted connections

This is just a quick note to let you all know that this blog has switched over to using encrypted connections. The URLs (web site addresses) are now redirected to their encrypted counterparts, starting with https instead of http. For links to posts you may have bookmarked, it means that they’ll be automatically redirected to their […]

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Apple are losing their edge also in accessibility quality

This post was originally published in January of 2015, and has last been updated on April 10, 2015, with latest information on the mentioned problems in light of the OS X 10.10.3 and iOS 8.3 releases from April 8, 2015. Over the past couple of days, a number of well-known members in the Apple community […]