Newsletter Archives - May 2006

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This newsletter is maintained here for archival purposes. The content presented here may be outdated, may contain out-of-date links, and may not represent current best practices or represent the opinion and recommendations of WebAIM. For up-to-date information, please refer to the WebAIM web site.

Featured Article

Usable and Accessible Form Validation and Error Recovery
by Jared Smith, WebAIM

Form validation is the process of testing to ensure that end users enter necessary and properly formatted information into web forms. Error recovery is the process of guiding the user through fixing missing or improper information as detected by form validation. There are several methods of performing form validation and error recovery.

Read the full article: Usable and Accessible Form Validation and Error Recovery

FYI

WebAIM Wishes the Best for John Slatin

As many of you, the WebAIM staff was saddened to hear that Dr. John Slatin, a renowned accessibility pioneer, expert, and author is battling leukemia again. Our thoughts are with him and his family. We appreciate his continuing contributions to accessibility. You can read John's blog about his experience with this disease at The Leukemia Letters and provide your support and well-wishes at LeukemiaDiaries.

News

Instructions for Commenting on WCAG 2.0 Documents

Read what others are saying about WCAG 2.0 Last Call:

Some have voiced strong concern and displeasure with WCAG 2.0:

New site: vitamin

Vitamin is a new resource for web designers and developers.

Tips

NCDAE Tips and Tools: Adobe Acrobat & PDF
by Jonathan Whiting under WebAIM's partnership with the National Center for Disability & Access to Education

The National Center on Disability & Access to Education (NCDAE) has recently published another in its series of factsheets, this time discussing how to increase the accessibility of Adobe Acrobat and PDF. WebAIM is a partner in the NCDAE.

Resources

Let the Buyer be Aware: The Importance of Procurement in Accessibility Policy
by Cyndi Rowland under WebAIM's partnership with the National Center on Disability & Access to Education

Creating a web accessibility policy has become a common approach taken by education institutions and others (e.g., local, state, and federal government agencies, and businesses). Adding procurement systems into a policy is an important consideration for any organization.

Build Half a Product: Is Ajax Accessible? At All?
by Joe Clark

Read Joe Clark's edited speaking notes from a presentation of original research and testing of an Ajax application (Basecamp) with users of screen readers and other adaptive technologies. These notes are from a presentation given at Iceweb 2006, Reykjavik. Also a related article: AJAX and Screenreaders: When Can it Work? from James Edwards.

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