Aaron Leventhal, someone for whom I have immense respect and who has been instrumental in Firefox and ARIA accessibility among other things, has an interesting blog post talking about how to improve Firefox access on the Macintosh. The article is worth a read, even if you have no interest in Mac accessibility for some of the experiences and insights Aaron shares on how accessibility happens. You can read the article at http://accessgarage.wordpress.com/2008/08/21/firefox-and-os-xs-voiceover-reading-the-magic-8-ball.
Earlier today I sent the below message to Saddleback Church. Rick Warren and the church have been in the news of late due to Warren’s hosting of interviews with the two men running for U.S. President.
From: Kelly Ford [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Saturday, August 16, 2008 5:03 PM
Subject: Please Add Alternative Text
I happen to be blind and browse the web with what’s known as a screen reader. I was reviewing your church’s web site as part of the focus it has obtained over the political coverage you are hosting with the presidential candidates.
I noticed that your web site fails to use alternative text for most images on your web pages. Alternative text allows screen readers to insert words instead of pictures.
Below is how your web pages currently read with a screen reader.
Alternative text – http://www.webaim.org/techniques/images/alt_text.php
Screen reader – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Screen_readers
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The American Foundation for the Blind has an important and thoughtful alert talking about the need for the public to comment on proposed updates to the regulations for the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). As you would expect, the alert highlights issues of interest to people who are blind or have low vision. The deadline for comments is August 18. Take a read of the alert and follow the instructions for commenting.