[Accessibleweb] AccessibleWeb@U - Tools - December 20, 11:30am, MGH 015L

Pace Arko jsay at ngtvoice.com
Fri Dec 14 13:22:33 PST 2007


Terry,

First let me preface by saying I'm not a java developer but, here's what
I've found when asked about it. This is a pretty old resource but Sun
released and documented an API in Java for accessibility more than 9 years
ago. (It's kind of like MSAA or UI Automation.):

http://java.sun.com/j2se/1.4.2/docs/guide/access/

If you write and compile java applets to these guidelines, the java VM will
send the right hooks to the system and hopefully to any assistive technology
therein. Big caveat, assuming the assistive tech companies have read Sun's
spec and decided to support it that is--but at least you as a java developer
are making an effort on your end.

I don't know, in this post-Flash, post-Web 2.0 world, does anybody even
write java applets for the Web anymore?

That's really it.

Pace


-----Original Message-----
From: accessibleweb-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu
[mailto:accessibleweb-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Terry
Thompson
Sent: Friday, December 14, 2007 9:46 AM
To: accessibleweb at u.washington.edu
Subject: RE: [Accessibleweb] AccessibleWeb at U - Tools - December 20, 11:30am,
MGH 015L

Thanks for these items, Pace. You said:


> I have some other recommendations but they kind of depend on how technical

people want to get here. Any Java developers looking for applet tips on this
list?

Sure - I'd love to see applet tips, or toolkits, code bases, classes,
libraries, etc. that folks are using to build accessible applications.

Thanks!
Terry

Terry Thompson
Technology Accessibility Specialist
DO-IT, Computing & Communications
University of Washington
tft at u.washington.edu



> -----Original Message-----

> From: accessibleweb-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu

> [mailto:accessibleweb-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu] On

> Behalf Of Pace Arko

> Sent: Thursday, December 13, 2007 12:42 PM

> To: accessibleweb at u.washington.edu

> Subject: RE: [Accessibleweb] AccessibleWeb at U - Tools -

> December 20, 11:30am,MGH 015L

>

> Hello everyone,

>

> I too won't be able to attend this meeting but I do have

> recommendations:

>

> Windows, XP, Vista:

>

> Making certain your markup is kosher by your declared DTD is

> a very helpful start to accessible web design. If you are

> working with static HTML files I recommend TidyGUI:

>

> http://pagesperso-orange.fr/ablavier/TidyGUI/

>

> (Actually with a little tweaking and copy and paste, you can

> use it to check any markup you have in CMS templates too. It

> won't choke on most PHP and ASP code provide everything is

> properly delimited. Don't know about ASP.Net though. The

> other nice thing about TidyGUI is that you can run it from

> the command line for bulk clean up of static files too. )

>

> If you are working with a large number of static HTML files,

> I strongly recommend ARV:

>

> http://arealvalidator.com/

>

> It's much faster than checking things against the W3C

> validator and it's based on a SGML parser so you know it

> ain't lyin'. It's shareware but it's worth it.

>

> EA's recommendation of WAVE is better but, just as an

> alternative since I've used it for so long, I'll throw out

> A-Prompt's page testing tool:

>

> http://www.aprompt.ca/

>

> For captioning video, I recommend MAGpie:

>

> http://ncam.wgbh.org/webaccess/magpie/

>

> It will generate captioning in either in SMIL or Microsoft's

> proprietary SAMI formats. They also have this tool for OSX.

>

> I have some other recommendations but they kind of depend on

> how technical people want to get here. Any Java developers

> looking for applet tips on this list?

>

> Finally a couple of websites you may have heard of here:

>

> http://joeclark.org/book/sashay/serialization/

> http://diveintoaccessibility.org/

>

>

> That's it. Hope that helps,

>

> Pace Arko,

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> -----Original Message-----

> From: accessibleweb-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu

> [mailto:accessibleweb-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu] On

> Behalf Of E.A.

> Draffan

> Sent: Wednesday, December 12, 2007 11:53 AM

> To: 'Rick Ells'; accessibleweb at u.washington.edu

> Subject: RE: [Accessibleweb] AccessibleWeb at U - Tools -

> December 20, 11:30am, MGH 015L

>

> Please accept my apologies for not being able to attend this

> meeting but I would really love to learn the results of your

> deliberations as it is a subject we have been discussing in the lab.

> My list includes

> WAVE from webaim

> Visicheck

> WebbIE with Thunder screenreader

> Opera in several modes

> Firefox Mozilla with Firefox Accessibility Extension inc. FAE

> from Illinois and Web developer extension plus Accessibar.

> Internet Explorer with Web Accessibility Toolbar.

>

> I am not a web developer but use Dreamweaver to put the

> LexDis website together and Xerte to show any flash files and

> the Illinois wizard for PowerPoints - I am now testing

> assistive technologies with Vista and just hope the team can

> offer the illinois wizard in a Vista version ASAP!

>

> Hope this helps and I am looking forward to learning from

> your deliberations, as I have to evaluate many Web 2.0 sites

> over the coming months and would love to have a useful

> toolkit to hand!

>

> Have a very happy Christmas and New Year.

>

> Best wishes E.A.

>

> Mrs E.A. Draffan

> Learning Societies Lab,

> ECS, University of Southampton,

> Tel +44 (0)23 8059 7246

> http://www.lexdis.ecs.soton.ac.uk

> http://www.emptech.info

>

>

> -----Original Message-----

> From: accessibleweb-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu

> [mailto:accessibleweb-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu] On

> Behalf Of Rick Ells

> Sent: 12 December 2007 17:20

> To: accessibleweb at u.washington.edu

> Subject: [Accessibleweb] AccessibleWeb at U - Tools - December

> 20, 11:30am, MGH 015L

>

>

> Topic: Good Tools, Not So Good Tools

> Speaker: Discussion - come and contribute

> Date: Thursday, December 20, 2007

> Time: 11:30a.m. - 1:00p.m.

> Location: Mary Gates Hall, Room 015L

>

> Come join us for a discussion of what tools help us create

> accessible Web sites, and which make reaching that goal more

> difficult than it needs to be. This discussion supports

> work Terry Thompson is doing to create a central UW Web site

> about accessibility. Here is Terry's query from a message he

> sent to the Access email list:

>

> Does anyone have tools that they utilize in their

> development work that they feel either support

> accessibility well, or do NOT support accessibility well?

> By "tools" I mean literally anything - web authoring

> tools, content management systems, toolbars, plug-ins,

> accessibility checkers - We're hoping to put together a

> fairly comprehensive list.

>

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