Tag Archives: Flash

ARIAs with Flash, Flex, and AIR

Adobe T-Shirt: Accessibility is not just HTML anymoreI.e. Accessible Rich Internet Applications with Flash, Flex & Air. This presentation by Andrew Kirkpatrick took us through some of the technologies available, with a special eye on the accessibility possibilities and things you need to watch out for.

Strange sIFR / screen-reader bug

I was writing a little accessibility article for .net magazine about text-replacement techniques, including sIFR. I was blithely saying that "yea, don't worry, it's fine" with a couple of caveats. But, rather than rely on memory I did a quick test, and discovered something strange.

Adobe open Flash

The Open Screen Project from Adobe will remove restrictions on use of the SWF and FLV/F4V specs, and removing the licensing fees. What could the consequences be?

Voiceover 2 – a WebDev’s guide

Voiceover logo (DaVinci man done as blue and white isotope man).VoiceOver has undergone a major update, this article looks at the new functions, and what that means for people browsing websites. I am not looking at VoiceOver in general, just how different aspects of web pages affect the experience when using VoiceOver.

Colour Contrast Visualiser – New Tool

Screen shot of the Colour Contrast VisualiserA friend & colleague of mine has just released the beta version of a new tool. Although everyone (who cares) has probably heard of colour contrast analysers, this does the opposite, and helps you choose accessible colour combinations.
Enter the Colour Contrast Visualiser.

CMS editable Flash

The Defacto-CMS website carousel widget.With all the fuss over AJAX and Flash accessibility you get, I thought it might be worth outlining the process we used to create a Flash/AJAX widget and highlight one of the advantages you get with this method. It also means that the use of Flash has no impact on your Search Engine Optimisation.

Note on Non-HTML formats

In my previous article on responsibilities in accessibility you might have noticed that I'd fallen into the traditional accessibility trap of only really referring to (X)HTML/CSS sites and guidelines. I'm quite aware of other technologies, but it's worth looking at why other formats are harder to make accessible.