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Re: Ajax, circa 2008 and beyond

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From: Shawn Henry
Date: Jul 16, 2008 9:30AM


Sandra Clark wrote:
> Check out WAI-ARIA which attempts to address Accessibility and RIA's
> (specifically Ajax).

Thanks for sharing this info, Sandra.
For others, more details:

WAI-ARIA is the Accessible Rich Internet Applications Suite from the W3C Web Accessibility initiative (WAI). The Overview page is the best starting point:
http://www.w3.org/WAI/intro/aria

The WAI-ARIA FAQ answers questions such as: "What happens in current and older browsers when WAI-ARIA is implemented?" and "As a Web content developer, what should I do with WAI-ARIA now?" See:
http://www.w3.org/WAI/aria/faq

Let me know if you have other questions about WAI-ARIA that we might want to cover when we update the FAQ...

~Shawn

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> 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
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> 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
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> Subject: [WebAIM] Ajax, circa 2008 and beyond
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> 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.
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> 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?
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> 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).
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> Thoughts, links, welcomed.
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