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Re: Ajax


From: Hoffman, Allen
Date: Oct 10, 2006 1:30PM

see www.bindows.net.

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From: smithj7 [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ]
Sent: Tuesday, October 10, 2006 1:42 PM
To: WebAIM Discussion List
Subject: Re: [WebAIM] Ajax

I am very happy to hear of the on-going improvements. Things can only
get better when everyone works together to assure equal access.

At this point, I am still recommending not using AJAX. The target
population, for the most part, of this particular application will be
people working at the local level Florida school systems.

I work for the Florida state agencies that is the sole state agency that
provides services that assist people who are blind or severely visually
impaired get jobs. When we purchase their initial licenses for JAWS or
another speech software we include 3 free updates.

What we have consistently found is that even when other employee
software is updated (which is by the way lagging within state
government, especially at the local level), that people who are using
the access technology's software
is NOT updated until they cannot access something. The person ends up

getting with our Mandersfield Technology Center or one of our district
offices when their job is jeoporized because the powers that be and
often the individual herself/himself does not realize that the problem
is technology based!

Access technology is still expensive, unlike some of the other
accomodations for people with disabilities. People and businesses need
time to afford the newest versions of the access technology. Users need
to be able to have time to learn how to use the newer versions of
software technology.

Because technology is so rapidily developing, it seems that tech folks
are going to need to remember that users may still not have the means to
have the equal access only because they don't have the right tools,
skills, or time and money to assure that in happening. Does that make
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From: "Alastair Campbell" < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
To: "WebAIM Discussion List" < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
Sent: Tuesday, October 10, 2006 5:44 AM
Subject: Re: [WebAIM] Ajax

>> There are a number of reasons why using an *AJAX only* solutions is a

>> recipe for problems.
> Assuming you went with the Hijax method (as Tim mentioned:
> http://domscripting.com/blog/display/41) and provided an obvious
> option to turn off the 'advanced' features, would there be any
> accessibility issues there?
> I've tested James Edwards AJAX test cases with recent versions of JAWs

> and Voiceover with good results (a few caveats), so things are
> improving.
> Kind regards,
> -Alastair
> --
> Alastair Campbell | Director of User Experience
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