Newsletter Archives - August 2007
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 The content presented here may be outdated, may contain out-of-date links, and may not represent current best practices or represent the opinion and recommendations of WebAIM.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.
WebAIM is going to have a busy fall. During the next few months, we will be attending or participating in the following activities:
- TEITAC Advisory Meetings: September 4-6, Washington, DC
- ASSETS Conference: October 15-17, Tempe, Arizona
- WebAIM Training: October 24-25, Logan, Utah
- IDEAS 2007: October 31-November 1, Washington, DC
- Accessing Higher Ground: November 6-9, Boulder, Colorado
- NCTI 2007 Technology Innovators Conference: November 15-16, Washington, DC
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.
It sounds like the next version of JAWS may include improved AJAX support.
Tips and Resources
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.
Alistair Campbell compares the accessibility of a PDF file created in Acrobat 8, the Microsoft Office 2007 plug-in and OpenOffice.org.
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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