OpenAjax Alliance Helps Software Developers Build Accessible Web 2.0 Applications

Wednesday Aug 4th 2010 by Developer.com Staff
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Web 2.0 aren't always accessible to people with disabilities or the elderly, and the OpenAjax Alliance wants to change that.

Web 2.0 applications are great, but they generally fail in terms of accessibility. Now the OpenAjax Alliance would like to help developers build Web 2.0 applications that everyone can use.

The Alliance "has created new open source tooling technology to help software developers make it dramatically easier for them to access and use Web 2.0-enabled business, government and consumer web sites. The new tooling technology simplifies the way Web applications are tested for compliance with current accessibility standards and guidelines, helping to speed up delivery of new accessible Internet applications."

Michael Squillace co-chairs the OpenAjax Accessibility Tools Tasks Force, he said, "From a development perspective, tooling has been the missing link. WCAG 2.0 gave us the criteria for Web 2.0 accessibility, and technical specifications like WAI-ARIA helped us understand how to enable rich Internet applications for accessibility. But, there hasn't been a reliable way to ensure compliance or validate correct implementation of specifications for accessibility. This rules format makes that possible. It's a significant achievement."

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