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From: Vlad Alexander (XStandard)
Date: Nov 30, 2006 11:20AM


Hi Alastair,

>Has Xstandard got any further with keyboard accessibility
>and (fingers crossing as I type) screen reader compatibility?
Our internal dev builds for both Windows and OS X are keyboard accessible. We do plan to look at screen reader accessibility before we do the next release but I honestly don't think we'll have time to _fully_ support screen readers for the next release. But that is not to say that this won't get supported in a subsequent point release.

>Myself and a colleague would love to help test things
>if possible. We can cover a wide range of technologies!
Thank you.

>Before running the editors through their paces, I'll be
> turning the requirements into a checklist, so any comments
> are very welcome and will be used to update that checklist.
The checklist is a really good idea. I'll have a look at your article this weekend.

Regards,
-Vlad



-------- Original Message --------
From: Alastair Campbell
Date: 11/30/2006 12:14 PM
> Hi Vlad,
>
>> Info on our progress in this area is available here:
>> http://accessifyforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=4931
>
> I was going to explore the forum further before testing Xstandard fully,
> although I have read a few posts. It's great to have that forum there,
> and really shows a commitment to accessibility.
>
> I'd love to change the editor in our CMS, and Xstandard is the best
> choice in many ways, but from my perspective I have internal people and
> external clients on our CMS using JAWs (and I think Windows Eyes).
>
> Has Xstandard got any further with keyboard accessibility and (fingers
> crossing as I type) screen reader compatibility?
>
> (Myself and a colleague would love to help test things if possible. We
> can cover a wide range of technologies!)
>
>>>> The nice thing about Xstandard is that, to an extent,
>>>> you can steer folks in the right direction by limiting
>>>> the styles and markup they can use.
>>> It does to a certain extent, but I'm not sure it goes far enough.
>> Can you please elaborate? What things would you like to see improved?
>
> Sure, I've been doing a series:
> http://alastairc.ac/category/wysiwyg-editors/
>
> The posts from allowed HTML and up are fairly detailed, and the first
> couple examine Xstandard, FCKeditor and TinyMCE in relation to the
> topics. Later I realised that trying to configure all three as I go
> along was too much work and would have stopped the requirements style
> posts.
>
>> There are some enhancements coming to the table authoring in
>> the next release for both the Lite and Pro versions. For
>> example, XStandard will be the first editor to resize column
>> width by dragging using the col element. When you are at the
>> stage of reviewing this functionality, we may be able to get
>> you a dev build with the table authoring enhancements.
>
> That sounds fairly advanced, and *perhaps* a suitable way of allowing
> column sizing. I covered what I would like for tables from an editor
> here:
> http://alastairc.ac/2006/11/wysiwyg-editor-spec-tables/
>
> The comments are open, any suggestions are welcome.
>
> Before running the editors through their paces, I'll be turning the
> requirements into a checklist, so any comments are very welcome and will
> be used to update that checklist.
>
> Kind regards,
>
> -Alastair
>