IBM has been doing much of the heavy lifting, both financial and with resources, for the WAI-ARIA work. This includes working with assistive technology vendors, browser manufacturers, and industry. At this point we believe WAI-ARIA is far enough a long that the browser manufacturers can carry that aspect of WAI-ARIA forward. With that statement I would like to give praise to the excellent work done by the
We, now, have to invest in applying WAI-ARIA and WCAG 2 to our products and that will require us to focus more inwards. I will continue to chair the WAI-ARIA subcommittee in the WAI PF working group and work with AT vendors to ensure that it works for people with disabilities. The WAI-ARIA specification and best practices guide are very far along and we are working to wrap things up to get to last call. I would like to point to this outstanding podcast by Freedom Scientific.
Similarly, the Linux Foundation has done a stellar job in delivering a new standardized accessibility API in IAccessible2. IBM and industry uses IAccessible2 in products like Lotus Symphony, Acrobat Reader, and Firefox as well as a host of mainstream assistive technologies. Consequently, we consider IAccessible2 an overwhelming success and will step back to let industry move forward with continued adoption. At this point we feel IAccessible2 is at a point where the Linux Foundation can carry the ball. It is in good hands.
Going forward, as a member of the Accessibility Interoperability Alliance steering committee, I will be working to help coordinate efforts with the Linux Foundation to ensure greater interoperability with assistive technologies on multiple operating systems.