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, […]

Advanced ARIA tip #1: Tabs in web apps

The following article will describe how to properly create accessible tabs in web apps. This is important for both mobile and desktop web applications. Tabs are not native to HTML5, so if you simulate them, you’ll probably use other markup such as lists and list items to generate them. You will have to add WAI-ARIA […]

If you use the WAI-ARIA role “application”, please do so wisely!

This goes out to all web developers out there reading this blog and implementing widgets and other rich content in HTML, CSS and JavaScript! If you think of using the WAI-ARIA role “application” in your code, please do so with caution and care! And here’s why: What is it? “application” is one of the WAI-ARIA […]

From WAI-ARIA to HTML5 and back…or maybe not?

Over the weekend, I gave a presentation at the German Multimediatreff. I talked about how to make things more accessible by combining HTML5 and WAI-ARIA in smart ways, using HTML5 where available and appropriate, and enhancing the user experience where HTML5 still has gaps in the implementation. This is a recap of what I showed. […]

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 accessibility classes participate in our garbage collection mechanism, reducing the memory consumption greatly. Long sessions […]

Review: The all-new Yahoo! Mail web application

Yahoo! recently announced the availability of their all-new mail web application. They also made announcements on the Yahoo! Access channels about the much improved accessibility of this new mail interface. Well, it’s time to look at it! So shall we? For my testing, I used the latest release of Firefox, version 6.0.2, and NVDA 2011.2 […]

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 landmark elements to accessibles with WAI-ARIA landmark role semantics: HTML5 element WAI-ARIA role article main […]