ajax & usability

Daphne Ogle daphne at media.berkeley.edu
Fri Jun 1 20:05:13 UTC 2007


Does anyone know if this book is focused on technical challenges?   
After reading the quote yesterday that Colin points out I went right  
to Amazon to buy it.  The description there sounds pretty technical.   
I'm wondering if it is also appropriate for UI related issues (which  
are also quite challenging).  Anyone know (before I rush out and buy  
it :) )?

-Daphne

On Jun 1, 2007, at 11:17 AM, Colin Clark wrote:

> Hi Carl,
>
> I haven't had a chance to read the book yet, but I was pleased to read
> this comment in the review:
>
> "The chapter 'Ajax and Accessibility' gives you a good insight into  
> the
> problems Ajax can cause for people who use screen readers. In short,
> there are no easy solutions."
>
> There have been a lot of articles on the web about AJAX accessibility
> that seem to suggest there are trivial solutions to the problem. The
> reality is that it is a complex issue that involves thoughtful design
> and cooperation among web designers, browser developers, and assistive
> technology vendors. That's why the ARIA work at the W3C, among other
> things, is so important.
>
> Fluid will continue to work with all of these groups to help create a
> viable solution for accessible UI components. But we've certainly got
> our work cut out for us!
>
> Colin
>
> Carl Forde wrote:
>> Roger Johansson has a strong recommendation for Bulletproof Ajax  
>> in his review:
>>
>> http://www.456bereastreet.com/archive/200705/ 
>> bulletproof_ajax_book_review/
>>
>> Two chapters in particular look to be applicable to this project.  
>> Roger says:
>> 	“Ajax challenges” discusses things like backward compatibility,
>> 	giving the user feedback, and how Ajax breaks the browser
>> 	behaviour users are accustomed to. The chapter “Ajax and
>> 	Accessibility” gives you a good insight into the problems
>> 	Ajax can cause for people who use screen readers.
>>
>> Anyone read it already?
>>
>
> -- 
> Colin Clark
> Technical Lead, Fluid Project
> Adaptive Technology Resource Centre, University of Toronto
> http://fluidproject.org
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Daphne Ogle
Senior Interaction Designer
University of California, Berkeley
Educational Technology Services
daphne at media.berkeley.edu
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