This community accessibility work continues to be extremely fun, interesting and challenging. I do hope someday to see more end users actually join our community and benefit from the work or participate in these projects which benefit everyone.
In the past there was at least one talented blind developer who tried to get deep in the Mozilla project right away, but didn't get the support they needed to get started. This is why I've added a lot of starter and intermediate projects to the list above. I think it's often better to get started by dipping your toe in, and just using/testing/document the technologies rather than trying to fix bugs in the core.
If we see a community volunteer that is doing good work, who wants to do more but needs to be paid for their time and expertise, the Mozilla Foundation have been known to provide grants to allow them to continue work in open source accessibility. In my opinion, the Mozilla Foundation is quite visionary in the willingness to support the community in this way, and deserves to be commended. As much as possible I'll continue to facilitate using this program to bring talent to bear on a11y problems which benefit the entire community.
- Aaron james.homme@xxxxxxxxxxxx wrote:
Hi Arron, In what capacities can people get involved. Speaking for myself, I am a good HTML person. I can do CSS if I have a reference in front of me. I can do scripting with a reference in front of me. I can definitely document. I can test and give clear feedback. Just ask Jamal. I give him good feedback most of the time. Jim James D Homme, , Usability Engineering, Highmark Inc., james.homme@xxxxxxxxxxxx, 412-544-1810 "It's more important for me to start to do the right thing than it is to wait until I think I can do it just right.""Aaron Leventhal" <aaronlev@moonset .net> To Sent by: programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx programmingblind- cc bounce@freelists. org Subject Re: An introduction to XML User Interface Language (XUL) 10/24/2007 10:56 AM Please respond to programmingblind@ freelists.orgI know of at least one screen reader user who's been able to fix bugs in Firefox's UI using XUL. You may be interested in the XUL accessibility guidelines: http://developer.mozilla.org/en/docs/XUL_accessibility_guidelines Because XUL is declarative it makes it easier to arrange and debug and UI, and also makes it possible to write a validator that checks accessibility. Work started on those projects (from WebAIM), but it's currently stalled. We'd love to see that kind of work keep going. - Aaron james.homme@xxxxxxxxxxxx wrote:Hi, I don't know how useful this would be, but I got a link to it and thought someone might want to read it.Jim James D Homme, , Usability Engineering, Highmark Inc., james.homme@xxxxxxxxxxxx, 412-544-1810 "It's more important for me to start to do the right thing than it is to wait until I think I can do it just right." __________ View the list's information and change your settings at //www.freelists.org/list/programmingblind__________ View the list's information and change your settings at //www.freelists.org/list/programmingblind __________View the list's information and change your settings at //www.freelists.org/list/programmingblind
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