Making Chaos Accessible - Aaron Leventhal - Paris Web 2008
by Association Paris-Web, Promouvoir le Web de qualité at Web francophone on Dec 07, 2008
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The Web can be nearly anything. Emerging techniques show that chaos finally erupted out of the confinement of standards. From the primordial web soup, new forms are emerging that perhaps the eye can ...
The Web can be nearly anything. Emerging techniques show that chaos finally erupted out of the confinement of standards. From the primordial web soup, new forms are emerging that perhaps the eye can understand, but are devoid of reasonable semantic structure to help the other senses .
Can chaos be made accessible? Are the new interactions only for the benefit of mainstream users? Or is this another case of a crisis becoming an opportunity?
The powerful new WAI-ARIA draft standard can annotate markup with structure. The structure helps assistive technologies such as screen readers, screen magnifiers or alternative input software make sense of the previous chaos. WAI-ARIA has great potential for accessibility, such that users with disabilities can not only survive in the chaos, but thrive as well.
Is the future complex? Yes. But we can also enjoy new possibilies. Finally, compelling interaction and enhanced accessibility will not be strangers.
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