Wednesday, December 17th, 2008
I am proud to be able to announce the new currency converter on Yahoo finance. Why? Because it is a perfect example of how a complex rich user interface can be built in an accessible manner.
As the main developer, Dirk Ginader explains:
About 9 months ago my fellow co-worker, the User Experience Designer Graham Beale, and I started developing ideas for a prototype of a new Currency Converter for the worldwide relaunch of Yahoo! Finance.
We wanted Features we haven’t seen like this in the Internet so far. We wanted conversion without a page reload, searching for currencies like in the Firefox 3 “awesome bar”, total accessibility, much more and of course everything in realtime.
There will be an in-depth article on how Dirk and his colleagues (with a special mention to Artur Ortega who did all the screen reader testing) build the converter on the Yahoo Developer Blog after the holidays. For now, have a look at the code and see the wonderful attention to detail. One of the main tricks they’ve done can be mentioned already: dynamic re-writing of form labels.
Posted by Chris Heilmann at 12:23 pm