Accessibility for web applications is a very hot issue. Not only is the number of disabled persons who use the Web increasing every day, but the context in which people in difficult situations are navigating the Web is also increasing. Filling in web forms using the keyboard instead of a mouse, dragging objects on screen using a touch-based device, or using a multimedia element from a slow UMTS connection (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UMTS) on a cell phone are constant barriers that the disabled must face. The reason for making an application accessible and the techniques for doing so do not encompass all disabilities that affect access to the Web, which include visual, auditory, physical, speech, cognitive, and neurological disabilities. Rather, it involves improving access for anyone who experiences certain difficulties accessing the Web.
KeywordsLive Region Assistive Technology User Agent Screen Reader Accessibility Guideline
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