The new year starts out with a bang! NV Access, the makers of theNVDA, a free, open-source screen reader for Windows, have published their progress report on the current Mozilla Foundation grant. The grant goals were laid out for a three year period, and look what was accomplished in the first year alone! Mick and […]Read More NV Access published their progress on the Mozilla Foundation grant
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 […]Read More A job opportunity in Mozilla accessibility!
After the release of Firefox 3, it became apparent that there were many questions that came up again and again on the various mailing lists. The accessibility team along with several community members formulated a set of frequently asked questions and answers over the course of the past few weeks. We’ve been tweaking it and […]Read More New: Firefox 3 with Screen Readers FAQ online!
Today, I checked in two changes that allow the unit tests we’ve developed for the accessibility module so far, to run on what we call a staging server. A staging server is a server that simulates production conditions, but isn’t the live thing just yet. It allows us to test new features in build, testing, […]Read More Progress on automated testing for the accessibility module
For those of you on the bleeding edge, namely on the Firefox 3.1a1pre nightly builds, the Friday’s nightly build will include one big new feature in accessibility for 3.1: Text attributes and spell checking support! This means that assistive technologies now have access to the attributes of any text run on a page via the […]Read More Support for text attributes and spell checking is coming in Firefox 3.1!
Today, a post announcing the WebVisum Firefox extension was posted to the mozilla.dev.accessibility newsgroup. The things talked about in this post and on the WebVisum homepage almost sound too good to be true. Among the features are: Ability to tag graphics, form fields, links, and other page elements. While some or all of these features […]Read More Review of the WebVisum Firefox extension
After my first reach out to extension developers, Aaron and I have brainstormed and come up with the 5 most common things you as an extension developer should consider to make your extension more accessible. Here’s what we came up with: Make sure your extension is easily discoverable using the keyboard. A common pattern is […]Read More Extension developers: 5 things to make your extension more accessible
In case you haven’t read it yet: Firefox 3.0 comes Tuesday, June 17. Watch out for an announcement here, and if you’re interested in helping to set a word record, go and pledge here! Even though I’ve only been with the Mozilla QA team since December 2007, and helped out a s a community member […]Read More Firefox 3.0 coming Tuesday June 17!
Litmus is Mozilla’s community testing platform that allows anyone to test Firefox or other Mozilla products by running a set of testcases and giving us feedback about whether the test passed or failed. The Mozilla QA team uses these test runs to do basic functionality tests (run before every beta release), full functionality tests (run […]Read More Accessibility testcases up in Litmus! Go and check them out!
As Firefox 3 is fast approaching, and you extension developers are getting ready to update your products, it is a good time to also give your extensions a thorough accessibility checkup. Can the extension be launched without using a mouse? Are labels properly associated with the controls they are labelling? To help you out, there […]Read More Extension developers: Give your extension an accessibility checkup for Firefox 3!