What ARIA means for screen readers

In today's accessible technology roundup: The impact of ARIA on screen reader developers, Quail could be threatened by software patents and how to choose an accessible color palette

Accessibility Today reported last week that Apple will be teaming up with Freedom Scientific, the makers of the JAWS screen reader, in an effort to improve Apple's screenreader offerings. Whether this means JAWS for Mac is coming soon or, instead, improvements to VoiceOver remains to be seen. Hopefully, we'll learn more at Apple's World Wide Developers Conference in June.

[UPDATE 4/8/14: Apparently the rumor of Apple and Freedom Scientific was a hoax. We apologize for the confusion.]

Here are some other recent news items and information about the development of accessible technology:

Was there other news or interesting information from the world of accessible technology that I missed? Let me know in the comments.

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