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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Apple’s iOS 4 supports WAI-ARIA landmarks

This is, I believe, my 100th post on this blog, and I’m using it to announce that Apple’s iOS 4, released yesterday for the iPhone and iPod Touch, supports WAI-ARIA landmark in the VoiceOver screen reader. VoiceOver has had, since its inception, a feature called the rotor. The rotor allows users to set a particula […]