Archive for the "Internet Explorer" Topic

Release of the Windows 10 Edge Browser – What it Means for Accessibility and ARIA Support in IE

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As the launch date for Windows 10 comes closer, so does the release of a new web browser. Previously code named Spartan, this new browser has officially been branded by Microsoft as Edge. Part of what this entails is the deprecation of Internet Explorer. As a bit of history, Internet Explorer (IE) was developed and first released in the mi 90’s, approximately twenty years ago. This was at the same time when Accessibility APIs were in development, and still had a long way to go before reaching what we know and use today. Also, this was before ARIA was officially… Read More

Style Over Substance: The Content CSS Property and Accessibility

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The content CSS property is an interesting property used in conjunction with either the :before or :after pseudo-elements that can insert text, symbols, and images into a web page from a stylesheet.  This property presents a number of issues for developers who understand the importance of making sure their work is accessible to people who use assistive technology.  Assistive technology allows people to use the power of the Internet even if they happen to be blind, or if they have cognitive, motor, or visual impairments. Developing a website that is accessible is not only the socially responsible thing to do,… Read More

Captioning Support in Internet Explorer 10: An Accessibility Breakthrough

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Guest blog by Thomas Logan and James Herndon If you frequently watch video content on the web, you may have noticed the recent increase in the availability of captions. Sometimes they are part of the video itself, while other times they are created by voice recognition software during playback. In either scenario, the increased visibility of captioning technology is a result of The Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act, which requires VoIP providers and manufacturers to make their services and equipment more accessible to web users with disabilities. Another reason for the increased availability of captioning support is that… Read More

Big Changes for Flash – the future is mobile, HTML 5, and RIA

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Today Adobe announced that it will no longer be making its Flash Player for mobile devices. With HTML5 being supported by all major mobile and desktop browsers Adobe has officially recognized that HTML 5 is the way to create and distribute rich content on many devices including mobile. In fact some mobile platforms such as iOS only support HTML5 for rich web content and do not support the Flash Player. While Blackberry and Android support the mobile browser Flash Player – the next release 11.1 will be the last. Flash has led innovation and creative rich media experience for over… Read More

Remarks on Internet Explorer 9 Accessibility and Compatibility with Assistive Technology

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The release of Internet Explorer 9 has brought about new accessibility challenges which have, as a result, necessitated many assistive technology manufacturers to release new versions of their products. IE 9 runs on 32 and 64-bit versions of Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Server 2008, thus these issues will not affect users of earlier versions of Windows where using IE 9 is not an option. The biggest accessibility-impacting challenge resulted from a change to the method used by the browser to render content on the screen. The new method, Direct2D, paints content directly to the screen instead of allowing rendering… Read More

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