Tuesday, November 15th, 2005

Cross browser screenshots from

Category: Accessibility, Toolkit, UI, Usability

Are you tired of wondering if your finely crafted interface will look correct in Safarai or the latest Konqueror on Linux? If so, check out browsershots. Just enter the URL you want screenshots for and it gets added to the queue. Check back (the delay is around a 12 hours lately) and you’re screenshots will Read the rest…

Posted by Rob Sanheim at 2:08 am

4.1 rating from 14 votes

Monday, September 26th, 2005

sIFR 2.0: Rich Accessible Typography for the Masses

Category: Accessibility

Mike Davidson got together with a group of developers to work on a method to insert rich typography into web pages without sacrificing accessibility, search engine friendliness, or markup semantics. The method turned into sIFR (or Scalable Inman Flash Replacement): How it works sIFR is meant to replace short passages of plain browser text with Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:57 pm

3.7 rating from 11 votes

Sunday, September 11th, 2005

Accessible Speaking Forms

Category: Accessibility

Bob Easton has summarized research on how to build the best accessible speaking forms. The best practices are simple. Use the structural elements we’ve been given. Legends and labels are structural elements; highly recommended. Title attributes are very poor substitutes. The only reason to use them is as redundant information in the hopes that older Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 2:40 pm
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3.2 rating from 6 votes

Thursday, September 8th, 2005

The Hows and Whys of Degradable Ajax

Category: Accessibility, Articles

Amidst the cheer at the rise of the Ajaxian nation, we quickly found those who were not happy. “Your land is flawed”, they cried. “Although you the best of the best in certain situations, only certain citizens get these benefits”. “What about catering to the entire community!” Valid points were raised. Ryan Campbell has written Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:03 am
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3.6 rating from 8 votes

Tuesday, September 6th, 2005

Audible Ajax Episode 2: Jesse James Garrett Interview

Category: Accessibility, Ajax, Interview, Podcasts

We had a lot of fun getting up and running with the first showing of Audible Ajax. Now, we are proud to release episode 2, where Ben and I step away from the microphone as we interview Jesse James Garrett of Adaptive Path. Jesse, of course, is the voice of the infamous Ajax: A New Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:36 am

3.5 rating from 13 votes

Tuesday, August 16th, 2005

IBM Donates Accessibility Code to Firefox

Category: Accessibility

Very cool to see that IBM has donated “50,000 lines of code to the Mozilla Foundation’s Firefox Web browser to make it friendly for people with visual and motor disabilities”. The contribution would allow the addition of dynamic hypertext markup language accessibility technology to version 1.5 of Firefox, the company said. With this technology, Web Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:28 pm
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3 rating from 6 votes

Monday, August 1st, 2005

JavaScript and Screenreaders

Category: Accessibility

We are all worried about what happens in an Ajaxian world, for folks that use screen readers and the like. The DOM Scripting Task Force is worried too: What do you get when you cross JavaScript with a screen reader? Exactly. We don’t know. We often hear people say things like “I assume screen readers Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:37 am
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3 rating from 5 votes

Wednesday, July 27th, 2005

Ajax Shopping Cart: Progressive Enhancement

Category: Accessibility, Showcase

Over at Adactio they are trying to practice what they preach. They have released an Ajaxian Shopping Cart which uses progressive enhancement. Basically, fancy words to say that it still works if you aren’t able to do the JavaScript wonder, and doesn’t make screen readers cry (etc etc). It’s also an example of the kind Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:38 am

4.2 rating from 96 votes

Tuesday, May 17th, 2005

Accessible Ajax: Not leaving people behind

Category: Accessibility

Michael Moncur wrote about Ajax and excluded users, replying to our blog on the issues of having JavaScript enabled. My concern is not with users who turn off JavaScript (as we said), but we DO see the issue of leaving a group of people behind. It is already hard for people with special needs to Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:20 am

3.6 rating from 8 votes