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Accessible Rich Internet Applications (ARIA) at ALA

By Holly Marie Koltz | April 11th, 2007 | Filed in Accessibility, General, W3C/Standards Documentation

WaSP ILG member Martin Kliehm writes about the WAI draft for Accessible Rich Internet Applications (ARIA) at A List Apart this week.

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Martin Kliehm gives readers a closer look at the WAI ARIA in his ALA article, Accessible Web 2.0 Applications with WAI-ARIA.

In the article, Martin shows us how many of these ARIA proposals work, as he includes information about roles, states, and properties. Martin gives resources and clear examples along with advantages and disadvantages of using each.

Accessible widgets based on and extended through existing standards can work, though we might be wondering if we need to wait many years to work with ARIA? Martin writes:

Actually, no. You can start using roles, states, and properties right away. Currently only Firefox 1.5 or later and three major screen readers (Window Eyes 5.5+, Jaws 7.0+, ZoomText) support them, but the extra attributes won’t hurt other browsers.

After I finished reading the article, I thought others may like to take a closer look and experiment with some of these items to see how they work, too.

Thank you, Martin and thanks also for being part of our WaSP ILG, too.

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#1 On April 11th, 2007 8:18 am