I got some time today to listen to this Podcast today on the way to and from one of our other buildings today uptown. I was attending SAS training which is a pretty cool data mining / report generation tool.
This episode was an interview with T.V. Raman and his seeing eye dog Hubbell on accessibility in a developer’s world. Quick recap:
Why care about accessibility? (As a developer)
Think about how people with different abilities will use the app
FireFox, Internet Explorer, Safari, Konquerer. Browser specifics are a problem
Generic browsers out of the box do not help vision, does not enhance views, or help the motion impaired
you have to add on to the browser
There is too much “slop”, you need to take a step back and not assume what your user will use
CSS is good for getting developer / user balance
There are very good FireFox accessibility addons
Google results page is an html mess so it can work in all browsers
The standard GMail interface is an accessibility nightmare but this is remedied by using the mobile version
A year from now Ajax accessibility will get much better with FireFox 3
Google books scan and OCR to voice is decent
The mobile calendar is also good.