Re: accessible ajax

Yes, Mick Curran is aware of ARIA but is first focusing on make static web content a lot faster in NVDA. Since they just use MSAA I think most of the ARIA widgets already work in NVDA.


- Aaron



John Greer wrote:
Some people you may want to also let know about this is the developers of the NVDA screen reader. They have been working closely with the Mozilla team to help make their screen reader work better with Firefox 2 and with Grand Paradiso. Sadly Freedom Scientific has been slow to catch up to the newer technologies as of late. SaraTech, the makers of the System Access screen reader may also find this of interest. The problem as far as Freedom Scientific is concerned is they have just released version 9 a few weeks ago and it may not be until they release 9.1 in about 3 to 6 months before they even think about changing any code. JohnPG search for all of your Jaws scripts at http://www.blindcrawler.com/ Also be sure to check out Blind Crawler's Legend of the Green Dragon server at http://www.blindcrawler.com/lotg/
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----- Original Message ----- From: "Aaron Leventhal" <aaronlev@xxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Wednesday, October 24, 2007 9:30 AM
Subject: Re: accessible ajax


You should probably be aware of the work IBM, Mozilla, W3C, Opera and others are doing in the area of AJAX and DHTML accessibility.

It's pretty exciting stuff -- making Web 2.0 accessibility possible. The major areas are keyboard accessibility, screen reader support of JavaScript widgets, making live changes on a page accessible, drag and drop, and support for landmarks in a page.

Here's a FAQ about it -- don't be confused about the fact that it discusses HTML 5 (which doesn't exist yet). I wrote the FAQ to facilitate communication with the HTML 5 standards group: http://developer.mozilla.org/en/docs/ARIA:_Accessible_Rich_Internet_Applications/Relationship_to_HTML_FAQ

The easiest way to take advantage of it at this point would be to use Dojo, because of all the work that has been going on putting ARIA support into Dojo. You can also use ARIA directly. In addition, we'd love to get help from more developers to put ARIA support into other open source Javascript toolkits, such that users of Scriptaculous, JQuery, etc. would get accessibility for free.

- Aaron



jaffar wrote:
Hi All. I have found an accessible, free and open source ajax development framework known as Open Lazlo. It consists of a web based development framework and a tomcat server which is directed to port 8080 on your pc. Although this is strictly an ajax framework, it is based on the LZX, xml based language which provides for very tight xml syntax. The website to download this app is, should you be interested,
www.openlaszlo.org/
It is also worth noting that you will be able to create desktop apps with this framework. The only other dependency you will need to run Open Lazlo is the java development kit consisting of the JRE and the sdk which you can obtain from the java website. The framework itself is very easy to master, and the accompanying documentation is very good and comprehensive. Cheers!
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