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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 Mr. Artikelverzeichnis replied:

Mmh, perhaps Aria is a nice Tool for future Webapplications but I think, that the web (3.0) won’t use a browser or something but will be implemented in programms (like windows) and mobile devices. Widgets will become more important also.

#2 On April 11th, 2007 9:03 am Joshue O Connor replied:

Good article Martin, well done. The more this topic comes into focus I think that while WAI ARIA comes in for criticism due to lack of vendor support or the potential for it to gradually become a non-standard standard – it is at the very least an important step forward for those who wish to experiment with the potential that the expanded semantics that the Role and State modules offer.

#3 On April 16th, 2007 11:56 pm Rolf Beckmann replied:

Tis article is great. I think the web 2.0 time is over and there are many tools to create a web 3.0 standart. I think it is a mean to manipulate the webbrowser. first plug ins are tabbed browsing, etc. I agree with the first comment tha Aria is a nice tool for future

#4 On April 22nd, 2007 3:27 pm Wendy replied:

Was a great read , the info it includes about roles, states, and properties was very clear and the examples easy to understand.

#5 On July 6th, 2007 1:56 pm Ken replied:

As Rolf Beckmann said: “I think the web 2.0 time is over and there are many tools to create a web 3.0 standart.”

I just wrote about this term “web 3.0″ an examination wich leads to the conclusion, that web 2.0 with all it’s user generated, api based content will not rule the internet as many people think. User want simple functionality “that works”. Users are dreamin’ from a google that knows, what you want and gives you SERPs without Blackhat-SEO spam sites. We’re dreamin’ of intelligent spam filters that are not keyword based… We’re dreamin of true human understanding, -of simulated intelligence. This will be “Web 3.0″!

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