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Re: Accessibility vs. Google and Microsoft Exchange


From: Phil Teare
Date: Jul 15, 2008 2:40AM

Use the 'basic HTML' version of Gmail would be my simple advice.

I'm sighted but have reading difficulties. Exchanged is not dyslexia
friendly. At all. The usability of a site/app is effectively the biggest
access issue for those like myself, where 'working memory' is an issue.
We're a big group - and in the uk at least, pretected by the DDA.

I believe that Gmail 'basic HTML' is pretty good through a screen reader
now, too. But I have a lot less experience from that angle.

Just my take.

Phil Teare,
CTO & Chief Architect,
http://www.talklets.com from Textic Ltd.
(44) [0] 208 4452871

2008/7/14 Christian Heilmann < <EMAIL REMOVED> >:

> ~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.