Practical web accessibility

HTML5 media player accessibility: the potential and the reality

In last month's W3C update I outlined some of the benefits of HTML5 that the W3C believes will have a significant impact on how people will use the web. As multitouch, tablet and portable multimedia devices become more popular the promise of drag-and-drop functionality and standardised video could have a great impact on our productivity and entertainment needs.

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HTML 5: an access introduction

HTML 5

Welcome to the first posting of the W3C column.  One of the most significant developments in the W3C that has access implications is the creation of HTML 5, so here’s a brief introduction into some of the potential benefits and issues.

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W3C column

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is the main international standards organisation for the Internet. 

A key part of the W3C's work is to ensure that all people are able to access online information, so the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) was introduced to address accessibility issues faced by people with disabilities. 

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WAI-ARIA

What is WAI-ARIA?

The W3C’s Web Accessibility Initative (WAI) defines the Accessible Rich Internet Applications Suite (ARIA) as a way to make Web content and Web applications more accessible to people with disabilities. It especially helps with dynamic content and advanced user interface controls developed with Ajax, HTML, JavaScript, and related technologies.

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