I was elated to find that Microsoft has added support for WAI-ARIA
in Internet Explorer 8
. Although I am sure support is not complete, this is a statement of commitment by Microsoft and it gives the effort support by over 90 percent of the Web browsers. IBM is already incorporating support for WAI-ARIA
in toolkits, like Dojo, which is being consumed by many IBM products to deliver a usable, accessible experience to people with disabilities for Web 2.0 applications.
The next question we need to ask is what ATVs support this level of WAI-ARIA implementation in IE 8. If we are going to start playing with this we need an assistive technology (AT). Hopefully, either Microsoft or AT vendors will divulge this information for developers soon.
I want to personally thank Microsoft for making this step forward.