Re: accessible ajax

  • From: Aaron Leventhal <aaronlev@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 24 Oct 2007 10:30:34 -0400

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:

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,
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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