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Re: Ajax, circa 2008 and beyond


From: Sandra Clark
Date: Jul 16, 2008 8:40AM

Check out WAI-ARIA which attempts to address Accessibility and RIA's
(specifically Ajax).

Both WCAG 2.0 and the Section 508 refresh address ARIA in their requirements
for dynamic pages to provide properties, roles and states, which WAI-ARIA

Firefox 2+, IE8 Beta 1 currently support ARIA as does Window-Eyes 5.5, Jaws
9 and newer versions of the Mac OS. Javascript frameworks supporting it are
AxsJax and Dojo Toolkit. JQuery will be providing it in a future buid.

Sandra Clark

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Subject: [WebAIM] Ajax, circa 2008 and beyond

At Webaim.org, I can find some fairly dated articles (2005) about Ajax and
accessibility. Could someone please point me to a good list of links with
some really current discussion about Ajax adoption, standards, etc.

With so many Ajax-based applications now online, and coming, I'm
particularly curious about how government and education are adjusting to
this new world of interface widgets.
Perhaps I am just a dumb, selfish developer, but it would seem that the days
of the non-ajaxed interface are numbered. Economic realities, and the 80/20
rule will conspire to ensure that few new projects are just not going to
expend much effort in building dual interfaces for the majority of
applications. If for no other reason, than non-javascript interfaces are
hard, and painfully boring to work on. Who even wants to do that work in
most business environments, unless forced to?

Google Docs doesn't seem to be too concerned with addressing this, nor
countless other sites. So what does this mean, long term? Smarter, more
informed people than I must be discussing this realistically, and
eloquently, but I'm having trouble finding anything very comprehensive or
current (except here, of course).

Thoughts, links, welcomed.