A job opportunity in Mozilla accessibility!

The Mozilla Corporation has the following job opportunity available:

The Mozilla Corporation is looking for a full time engineer to develop accessibility in its software.

The job will involve working with a small team to develop support for a wide variety of 3rd party assistive technologies such as screen readers, screen magnifiers, on-screen keyboards and voice dictation software on a variety of operating systems.

The candidate we are looking for will be an excellent C++ programmer, with experience in COM or XPCOM, as well as working on OS X and either Linux or Windows. Previous experience with the Mozilla codebase is a plus. The candidate should be interested in developing solutions which improve how users with disabilities interact with the web.

Mozilla Firefox already has a strong foundation in this area. However, as the web progresses to provide ever more interactive and complex applications, interesting challenges continue to present themselves. For example, users with significant visual or physical impairments need to be able to interact with applications as complex as online word processors and spreadsheets, as well as content which includes technical information such as diagrams and mathematics. These users will be interacting with the content using text-to-speech, Braille displays, on-screen keyboards, voice input software, and other interesting technologies.

The candidate should be passionate about improving the Mozilla platform and be interested in pushing forward in a truly challenging and interesting area, which improves the lives of users with disabilities by removing barriers to participation on the web.

Some of the standards we will work with include HTML 5, SVG, MathML, WAI-ARIA, OS X’s AXAccessibility API, ATK/AT-SPI and IAccessible2. The team will assist the candidate in becoming more knowledgeable with respect to accessibility topics and the APIs involved.

Occasional travel will be part of the job, such as to disability-related conferences like CSUN and Mozilla project events such as on-sites and summits.

If this sounds interesting to you, get in touch and send in your resume!

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