Ajax and Accessibility – a talk at AbilityNet in London

Yesterday I went to AbilityNet, a charity dealing with web accessibility and publishers of the "State of the E-Nation report", which tested several social networks in terms of accessibility for users of assistive technology. My talk covered Ajax and Accessibility and was part of their "Rich media and latest trends in accessibility" workshop.

Abilitynet talk: Ajax and Accessibility

Topics covered in the talk where an explanation of Ajax and the accessibility issues with it, solutions for these problems like refreshing the cache of screen readers and ARIA and an explanation how to use the web2.0 mindset and crowdsourcing to remove barriers to consumption of web content.

I also talked about the accessibility hacking event Scripting Enabled in September, the Easy YouTube hack and best practice ideas on how to make online video more accessible.

The slides are available on SlideShare:

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You can also listen to the audio recording of the talk (GarageBand and built-in microphone, so there might be glitches) and please bear in mind that I had 4 hours sleep the night before as we had an international YDN meeting at the same time.

Christian Heilmann
Yahoo Developer Network