Friday, February 27, 2009

ARIA User Agent Implementation Task Force

Today we kicked off the first meeting for the "ARIA User Agent Implementation Task Force" (UAI-TF). Our primary goal is browser compatibility in our WAI-ARIA implementations for DHTML accessibility -- vital stuff. The group is very lean and today there was representation from browser people at Microsoft and Mozilla.

If you are an Opera, Webkit, or Safari accessibility developer please consider joining us.

Aside: a big shout out for Aaron Leventhal for planting the seeds of this, and for the excellent and detailed document he created to guide browser developers on ARIA implementation.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Call for review: WAI-ARIA

If you are somehow involved in supporting interactive web content, please consider reviewing one or more of these W3C documents related to accessibility.

For everyone involved in web content, this is the document with actual "Last Call Working Draft" status:
Accessible Rich Internet Applications (WAI-ARIA) 1.0 - Last Call Working Draft

For web application ninjas:
WAI-ARIA Best Practices - updated Working Draft

For browser developers:
WAI-ARIA User Agent Implementation Guide - First Public Working Draft

It is important that these documents are understandable and consistent. The deadline for having an impact via your comments is April 17th, 2009. Official channel is: (see this email for details).