Raising Awareness

"The IWMW event provides an opportunity for those involved in the provision of institutional Web services to hear about institutional case studies, national initiatives and emerging technologies and to actively participate in a number of parallel sessions."

IWMW 2009 is the thirteenth workshop.
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Institutional Web Management Workshop 2009

Parallel Session: An Introduction to WAI-ARIA

A4: "An Introduction to WAI-ARIA
Dan Jackson, Web Team Leader, City University

We are all striving to enhance and enrich the user experience and interfaces of our websites and applications, whether it be by using AJAX to enhance responsiveness, pulling in content from third-party services or feeds, or developing custom widgets.

More often than not we need to use JavaScript to do these things - hence the recent explosion in the popularity of JavaScript libraries (think YUI, jQuery, Prototype, etc.) - but many such techniques have not always been accessible by users of assistive technologies.

WAI-ARIA, a new standard from W3C's Web Accessibility Initiative, addresses these challenges by defining "a way to make Web content and Web applications more accessible to people with disabilities".

Learning Objectives:

This session will look at:

  • What WAI-ARIA is and does.
  • Which browsers and assistive technologies support ARIA.
  • How to implement and test ARIA, with real-world examples
Contact Details:
Dan Jackson
Web Team Leader
City University
Phone: +44 (0) 20 7040 3748


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