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Re: Accessibility vs. Google and Microsoft Exchange


From: Christian Heilmann
Date: Jul 14, 2008 2:30PM

~G~ wrote:
> This is the major hurdle that WAI-ARIA is and will hopefully solve.
> Creating accessibility solutions for the RIA's which include javascript
> frameworks/applications such as what Google is doing.
Yes and no. the Danger there is that ARIA becomes a silver bullet. While
it is true that ARIA is there to bridge the gap between HTML and RIA and
get asssistive technology support as a freebie it is not an excuse to
build applications that assume your browser can do things instead of
testing for them.

> I would say that that the js framework that supports ARIA more complete,
> will be the one to get behind, support and work with in creating accessible
> RIA solutions.
Yes, the bigger issue is however the browser support. As long as we are
stuck with IE6, ARIA is not a solution. We need to clean out all the
things that are dependent on IE6, but these are systems that were built
with a 5 year support contract and a big IT company name and not by
developers who appreciate the diversity of the web.

If you are looking for a framework that does a great job implementing
ARIA, check out Dojo.