AJAX and 508 Accessibility

24 Mar 2005 - 9:58am
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Todd Warfel
2003

Anyone have any ideas what impact AJAX has on 508 compliance? How
easy/difficult it is to make it 508 compliance? Many screen readers
only reread the page upon page loads (or used to). Has this changed?

Yet another challenge in the RIA bucket - but I still think they're
fascinating.

Cheers!

Todd R. Warfel
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25 Mar 2005 - 6:27am
Adrian Howard
2005

On 24 Mar 2005, at 14:58, Todd Warfel wrote:

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> Anyone have any ideas what impact AJAX has on 508 compliance? How
> easy/difficult it is to make it 508 compliance? Many screen readers
> only reread the page upon page loads (or used to). Has this changed?

It hasn't changed to the best of my knowledge, so you're going to need
to provide accessible alternatives if you want 508/WAI/whatever
compliance.

Ajax offers other challenges too (e.g. what should the back button do?)
Fortunately people do seem to have started thinking about these (see
<http://del.icio.us/tag/ajax+usability> for some links).

Cheers,

Adrian

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