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Re: JavaScript and Screen Readers

From: David Dorward <david@dorward.me.uk>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2008 15:19:30 +0100
Message-Id: <F6999666-5853-4A39-9228-D4DA422E7782@dorward.me.uk>
To: Ryan Jean <ryanj@disnetwork.org>, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

On 18 Aug 2008, at 14:38, Ryan Jean wrote:

> Due to my recent issues with JavaScript and screen readers <snip>

> Iím also going to contact Java on the matter.

You seem to have gotten hold of the wrong stick, so I'll just lay out  
a little background that I hope will help you talk to the right people.

Java is a programming language, almost entirely unrelated to  
JavaScript. Sun Microsystems (who own Java) have very little to do  
with JavaScript, which is driven mostly by browser vendors.

Most of the accessibility issues relating to it are caused by the way  
programs written in JS manipulate the DOM (which is a set of W3C  
recommendations), and work is already underway to improve things there  
(primarily with http://www.w3.org/WAI/intro/aria / http://developer.mozilla.org/en/docs/Accessible_DHTML 

David Dorward
Received on Monday, 18 August 2008 14:20:23 UTC

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