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RE: Can AJAX find harmony on agency Web sites?

From: Bailey, Bruce <Bruce.Bailey@ed.gov>
Date: Mon, 17 Jul 2006 11:51:20 -0400
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> I generally support the view, " code to the
> standard, not to the screen reader,".

I believe that to be a common sentiment here.

> But how do you reconcile this to the S 508 [snip]

Since the 508 interpretation of accessibility is really off-topic for this list, I'll not respond to that here.

WCAG 1.0 deals with AJAX quite neatly (but harshly) via Level Checkpoint 6.3.  Of course, the article was not discussing the WCAG 1.0 definition of accessibility, and applying WCAG 1.0 to AJAX is not really a very interesting problem.

> Also even many sighted users may be looking at the keyboard as they 
> type and not realize that AJAX has refreshed a part of the screen.  

Thinking about the current WCAG 2.0 draft and AJAX, however, is *very* timely.  Does anyone here believe (to closely paraphrase from the article) that accessibility is impossible for Web sites that use real AJAX?
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