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Newsletter Archives - August 2007


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WebAIM Activities

WebAIM is going to have a busy fall. During the next few months, we will be attending or participating in the following activities:


The HTML 5 Image Element

Gez Lemon discusses some concerns with the img element in the current HTML 5 specification. Specifically, the alt attribute is not required and the longdesc attribute is not supported.

JAWS 9.0 with AJAX Support?

It sounds like the next version of JAWS may include improved AJAX support.

Tips and Resources

Too much accessibility: Good intentions, badly implemented

In this excellent presentation, Patrick Lauke presents several ways that people can misapply accessibility principles (such as alt text and the title attribute), and discusses techniques that may not be as helpful as they appear (such as tabindex, access keys and font-resizing widgets). Slides and audio are currently available, but no transcript. According to the site, a transcript should be available soon.

Comparing Tagged PDFs from Office and Acrobat

Alistair Campbell compares the accessibility of a PDF file created in Acrobat 8, the Microsoft Office 2007 plug-in and OpenOffice.org.

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Update

Shawn Lawton Henry talks about the difference between WCAG1.0 and 2.0, the advantages of WCAG 2.0, WAI-ARIA and other topics in a presentation to the Yahoo! User Interface Developer Network. The presentation is about 1 hour 15 minutes long, a little long to listen to in one sitting, but it is full of valuable information and a text transcript is available if you want to skim the contents.

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