Accessibility Lipstick on a Usability Pig

Applying accessibility techniques to an unusable site is like putting lipstick on a pig. No matter how much you apply, it will always be a pig.


IE9 and Firefox 4: let the standards showdown begin!

Posted May 4, 2011

Six months ago, the implementation of accessibility-friendly W3C standards, especially in relation to media players and screen readers, seemed pretty clear, with all web browsers having some level of implementation of HTML5 except for Internet Explorer 8. The HTML5 standard has since evolved rapidly,
particularly in January and with updates in April. We’ve also seen two major browser releases in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) and Mozilla’s Firefox 4.

Introduction to WAI ARIA

Posted to site March 31, 2011

HyperText Markup Language (HTML) was not originally designed to create web applications. HTML has a limited set of interface controls, and is based around
a sequential client server communication model. Web application developers have gotten around these limitations by creating their own custom components (widgets), using JavaScript to add behaviour to the widgets.

Using WAI ARIA Landmark Roles

Posted by Steve Faulkner on January 15, 2009;

WAI-ARIA Landmark Roles
The WAI ARIA specification defines a set of specialised “landmark” roles. These roles provide a method to programmatically identify commonly found sections of web page content in a consistent way. they can be used now in whatever flavour of (X)HTML you prefer. This allows assistive technologies to provide users with features which they can use to identify and navigate to sections of page content.