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Re: ActiveX accessibility


From: J. B-Vincent
Date: May 23, 2009 6:00PM

Thanks Kelly (and Mark); always good to see fellow former Trace Elements in the discussion groups:

I've run across a website with an ActiveX object (actually, it's the only thing on the page), and I'm trying to advise the client about how to make it 508 compliant. Since the object may be from an third-party author, the best option in this case might be to have a redundant accessible version, but I'm also trying to put together information on dealing with ActiveX in general. There don't seem to be public guidelines available the way there are for Java or other languages. Any/all info much appreciated.


--- On Sat, 5/23/09, Kelly Ford < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:

From: Kelly Ford < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
Subject: Re: [WebAIM] ActiveX accessibility
To: "'WebAIM Discussion List'" < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
Date: Saturday, May 23, 2009, 4:43 PM

Hey Jane,

Can you give any further details on exactly what you are trying to do here?
Just adding Microsoft Active Accessibility support to an ActiveX control
isn't likely to accomplish what you want, depending on what you are trying
to do.  If screen readers are involved as an example, there will be other
steps you'll probably need to take

Are you building your own control for example that is going to display a
user interface for people to use?

BTW, hello from another former Madisonian.

If you can give a bit more of an idea I can probably get you the details you


-----Original Message-----
From: J. B-Vincent [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ]
Sent: Thursday, May 21, 2009 9:37 AM
To: WebAIM Discussion List
Subject: Re: [WebAIM] ActiveX accessibility

Hi Mark:

I found a lot about iAccessible, but very little practical guidance about
how to use it with ActiveX.

Thanks, and say hi to State Street for me,

--- On Thu, 5/21/09, mark novak < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:

From: mark novak < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
Subject: Re: [WebAIM] ActiveX accessibility
To: "WebAIM Discussion List" < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
Date: Thursday, May 21, 2009, 9:32 AM

hi Jane

Do you mean the "iAccessible" interface ?  If so, I think you will find
lots of
info searching on Google ...


J. B-Vincent wrote:
> Good morning:
> I've been scouring the Web for information on accessibility and ActiveX
scripting. There are some references to use of iAccessibility, but even that
is scanty. Any leads to more robust writeups would be much
> Jane Vincent, Center for Accessible Technology, Berkeley, CA