RE: Can AJAX find harmony on agency Web sites?

I generally support the view, " code to the standard, not to the screen
reader,". But how do you reconcile  this to the S508 para (l0 mandate, "...
the information provided by the script shall be identified
with functional text that can be read by assistive technology" ? Ability to
use the application with At is the final test in this case, is it not?

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.  

Accessibility issues with DHTML and AJAX are summarized  in the Road-map doc
from PFWG

Sailesh Panchang
Senior Accessibility Engineer
Deque Systems Inc. (
11180 Sunrise Valley Drive, Suite #400,
Reston VA 20191
Phone: 703-225-0380 (ext 105)

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Of Bailey, Bruce
Sent: Monday, July 17, 2006 9:07 AM
Subject: Can AJAX find harmony on agency Web sites?

I think the article contains some unsupported inflammatory assertions, not
the least of which is byline!  I am hoping the author might get a note about
how WCAG 1.0 and especially the draft 2.0 provide for changes in dynamic

Can AJAX find harmony on agency Web sites?
Hot coding technique unable to hit fed Web pages because of accessibility
Wade-Hahn Chan, Federal Computer Week, 17 July 2006.

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