The OASIS Open Document Accessibility subteam had its first meeting today. Technical Accessibility leads from industry and accessibility advocacy were present. Sun and IBM brought along leads from accessibility architecture, strategy, and research.
The first deliverables from the group will be to perform an ODF accessibility gap analysis of competing document solutions and produce use cases to improve the usable access to documents. We will use this analysis to take industry beyond the level of accessibility experienced today.
I have had opportunities to work with most of the members on various standards efforts and research projects such as for Java accessibility,
W3C WAI efforts, and middleware transcoding for seniors - but never together as one team.
I expect a home run to be hit by this group. Together, with our assistive technology vendor relationships, we will make a difference and raise the bar. Having ODF as an open standard will result in the broadest industry impact.[Read More]
Accessibility Strategy and Architecture
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DHTML Accessibility Accessibility is rapidly becoming a reality. A Technology Preview may now be seen on the Mozilla site. The demonstrations should be viewed with the latest nightly build of Firefox. These examples will work with the latest version of the Window-Eyes beta.
CSUN has posted the HTML version of our CSUN pitch. Which describes the technologies and implementation techniques. This presentation introduces the developer to the taxonomies being created which describe GUI componentry for DHTML accessibility. The taxonomies and their corresponding schemas will provide the framework for creating custom components and providing a mechanism for self-description. The plan will be to use these taxonomies to drive browser adaptation to support native platform accessibility APIs and tool validation in the future.
What is most exciting about this work is a fundamental paradigm shift whereby web pages can behave like a GUI while being fully accessible. The user agent can then map the meta data provided to the accessibility api on each platform without additional heavy lifting on the developer's behalf.
IBM is driving this effort through the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative with the plan that this be an open standard for all to use. Firefox is the leading implementation mechanism for this standard.[Read More]
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Due to a large investment by IBM and the Mozilla community. Firefox is becoming as assessible as IE on Windows. The latest GW Micro private beta for Window-Eyes has support for Firefox, including support for the up-and-coming W3C accessibility effort to support scripted web content.
To find out more about Firefox accessibility check out the Accessible DHTML Preview. Aaron Leventhal is leading the Firefox enablement effort in Mozilla comunity.
Window-Eyes screen reader beta testers have indicated that they have faster access to the Web than IE.[Read More]
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Well, accessibility awareness has hit the mainstream. The November 3, 2005 IBM Systems Journal is dedicated to accessibility.
As an author I just received my early copy. The article I co-authored covered accessibility requirements for users with vision impairments. Section 10, "Lessons learned - Microsoft Windows Today" covers the evolution of accessibility on Windows. Windows accessibility has evolved over time and it provides an excellent example of what can happen when a comprehensive accessibility architecture and strategy are not employed up front. Today, producing accessible solutions can be a very expensive proposition on Windows due to interoperability problems.
I look forward to reading the article entitled Semantic triage for increased Web accessibility since we are using semantic web concepts to address the accessibility of Dynamic HTML.[Read More]