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Re: spry widgets and accessibility?


From: Scott González
Date: Jul 31, 2012 6:19AM

jQuery UI :-)

It really depends on which widgets you need. This is my understanding of
the landscape right now:

jQuery UI: Somewhat accessible, constantly improving, dedicated to full
ARIA support. We have active discussions and contributions with the
community at large. We work with Fluid, Paciello Group, Mozilla, and
others. Source: I am the project lead. Note: If there are widgets that we
don't implement, you can also check out Wijmo (http://wijmo.com) which
builds on top of jQuery UI.

Dojo: Should be fully accessible, but the majority of the work was done by
"outsiders" under a grant and is not being maintained as actively now that
the responsibility is fully on the Dojo team. Source: hearsay, but from
reliable sources. If Becky Gibson is on this list, she can probably provide
accurate information. Perhaps David Bolter or someone else involved in the
original ARIA push for Dojo can chime in as well.

YUI: I believe Yahoo's stance is that ARIA should not be implemented by
default because of the behavior changes from the traditional web. I'm
pretty sure they provide ARIA extensions to their widgets, but I'm not sure
what percentage of their widgets have such extensions. Source: First hand
experience looking at their code and reading some of their articles. I
would actually love to hear Victor Tsaran comment on this.

I'm pretty sure all of the other major toolkits do not implement ARIA,
though they may implement some keyboard handling.

On Tue, Jul 31, 2012 at 6:28 AM, Carin Headrick < <EMAIL REMOVED> >wrote:

> Alrighty. Well that makes the question semi easier to answer. I wonder
> what would be a good alternative.
> Carin
> On 7/30/2012 10:38 AM, Scott González wrote:
> > Is Spry even active? As far as I know, there hasn't been any mention of
> > work on Spry since 2 years ago, and I don't think there was any ARIA
> > support in it back then. Adobe is invested in jQuery now, so I wouldn't
> be
> > surprised if they've actually abandoned Spry and just haven't announced
> it.
> >
> >
> > On Mon, Jul 30, 2012 at 5:38 AM, Carin Headrick < <EMAIL REMOVED>
> >wrote:
> >
> >> Hi. I was asked by someone whether spry widgets were accessible by
> >> screen reader and/or keyboard. Through playing with
> >> http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/spry/widgets/widgets.html I have to
> >> say personally I had mixed results. Some of them worked like a dream,
> >> some of them were wonky. Some of them I couldn't tell if any change
> >> occurred.
> >>
> >> So how can I tell them conclusively what works and what doesn't? The
> >> keyboard stuff looks pretty straightforward. It's the screen reader part
> >> that has the potential to fall over. And...is it possible to some how
> >> integrate ARIA in there to make things better? Or do they not get along?
> >>
> >> Thanks,
> >>
> >> Carin
> >> > >> > >> > >>
> > > > > > > >
> > > >