Thursday was a big day for the future of website accessibility, because the W3C announced that they've published Accessible Rich Internet Applications (WAI-ARIA) 1.0 as a W3C Recommendation. By doing so, the W3C effectively made ARIA, which is a framework for web developers and content producers to make dynamic web content and user interfaces more accessible, a web standard.
Here are some other recent news items and information about the development of accessible technology:
Additional accessibility news from the W3C last week, as they're inviting feedback on drafts of their Web Accessibility Tutorials. These tutorials are geared towards all sorts of people involved in web content creation, from developers to designers to content authors. Comments or suggestions can be submitted to their Web Accessibility Initiative mailing list or via GitHub.
Apple recently released version 7.1 of iOS and it's been causing some users headaches, mainly due to significant problems with battery drain. But, as my ITworld colleague Andy Patrizio wrote last week, iOS 7.1 comes with one important new accessibility feature: the ability to control your device with head gestures. Scroll down towards the end of his article to read more about it.
Google recently removed underlines from links in their search results, which many people are praising. However, web developer Adrian Roselli wrote a blog post arguing that this is a bad thing for accessibility and that, unless you're going to provide the right color contrast, you should keep underlining links.
Last week Access IQ published a list of 10 easy ways to increase web accessibility.
AbilityNet is offering a free webinar this week, on Tuesday March 25th, called Deep Dive: The Ultimate Alt Tag (labelling best practice).
Was there other big news from the world of accessible technology that I missed? Let me know in the comments.
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