Wednesday, May 24th, 2006
Agile Ajax discusses the legal and moral issues of using Ajax from an accessibility perspective.
I was arguing with a speaker at an SOA conference yesterday about whether AJAX for public facing websites was a bad idea. He kept insisting that if you use AJAX, you will get sued, and that Southwest Airlines had in fact lost a case on accessibility already. His claim was bugging me for the rest of the conference, so after I got back to the office I checked up on it. It turns out Southwest actually won that case. But there are new lawsuits springing up all the time.
Ajax Accessibility is a topic we’ve covered quite a bit, and was a big theme at The Ajax Experience. It’s definitely something most of the speakers have thought about, and consider to be important. Bill Scott, for example, mentioned an accessibility person is involved in reviewing Yahoo!’s Ajax patterns.
It’s fair enough to be concerned, but remember that accessibility has always been a concern, and Ajax does give us much more power than we had in the past to overcome those problems. As one example, Ajax makes it much easier for people to customize their applications, and customization is key for accessibility. So while Ajax opens up new problems, it also offers new solutions.
Posted by Michael Mahemoff at 5:38 am