WCAG 2.0 Quick Reference Guide

While speaking at the @media conference this year, Gez Lemon announced an easier way to understanding the new WCAG 2.0 requirements. They are meant to be technology neutral to allow future flexibility. Unfortunately, this also makes them difficult to understand. If you are only concerned about HTML, CSS, XML, or another format, use the WCAG 2.0 Quick Reference Guide to narrow the specifications to only those you are worried about.

Run IE7 as a standalone browser window

Debugging IE7beta can become tedious when you need to continualy install, reboot, uninstall, reboot, etc to switch between IE6 and IE7b2 for testing. Jon Galloway has created a great method to run IE7 as a self contained browser. This will save you many hours in rebooting to test between the browsers. I’ve been using it for a week and can’t believe how easy this is to use.

A note of warning

You should only use this if you have a backup computer or are comfortable working with the registry. I found this out the hard way as the computer crashed while operating the standalone version of IE7. My laptop now displays very odd behavior with IE6. Another person on our team is experiencing similar behaviors. We’ll need to modify our registry tomorrow to fix this. How odd…? When you type an address in IE6, it opens firefox in a new window. It’s also ignoring conditional comments. Happy, Happy.

Making AJAX work with screen readers

Gez Lemon and Steve Faulkner have published an excellent description of how screen readers react to AJAX and what you can do to make your AJAX-powered pages more accessible. Making AJAX work with screen readers is a comprehensive description of the mechanics behind screen reader behavior, workarounds, and theory. Hats off to these programmers for laying out a clear description of the issue.

To hell with bad accessibility requirements

Sorry Jeffrey Zeldman for twisting your words, but they rang through my mind when I saw the latest missive from Joe Clark, the WCAG Samarai. Zeldman led the troops through the battle over standards guerrilla war against the browsers.

Now Joe is doffing his commanders uniform, I’m hoping it’s a rather smart one with sophisticated typography on the badge and non-leather jackboots. The Samarais will push, prod, and tease the WCAG into making accessibility an attainable goal.

Grab your katana.