Fluid work update

Richard Schwerdtfeger schwer at us.ibm.com
Wed May 23 20:53:14 UTC 2007





Rich Schwerdtfeger
Distinguished Engineer, SWG Accessibility Architect/Strategist
Chair, IBM Accessibility Architecture Review  Board
blog: http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/blogs/page/schwer

Daphne Ogle <daphne at media.berkeley.edu> wrote on 05/23/2007 02:53:17 PM:

> Great comments Rich!  Continuing the discussion below...mostly with
> additional questions for discussion within the community.
>
> On May 23, 2007, at 12:09 PM, Richard Schwerdtfeger wrote:
>
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> Thanks Colin,
>
> comments:
>
> What browsers must be supported, when, and to what degree?
> Good question.  Should the Fluid project align with supported
> browsers for Sakai, uPortal and Moodle or should we define our own?
> It seems like we should at least support those that the projects
> already support.  Are there browsers far behind the curve from an
> accessibility perspective that would be too challenging to support
> at this point?
>
The Mac is way behind now. However, if they fix tabindex we could state
that
the visual rendering would be fine but VoiceOver support is a problem.

IE is a bit closer as they support tabindex. Once we get ARIA to a last
call draft I believe we
will see IE pick up speed.

Firefox 3 will support the full ARIA specification on Windows and Linux.
Firefox 2 may support enough
for us to do most of the widgets we want. Early Mac support has begun.

Opera is way behind but they to have the tabindex feature added. They are
working
on assistive technology interoperability.

> Designing and Building the First Fluid Component - this section
> should include a style guide definition.
> This is a great idea.  If we think of this as organic we could
> create it as we go and allow it to be Fluid :) as we define the
> styles.  I can add a page in the wiki under user experience.  Should
> we combine accessibility, visual and interaction guidelines or have
> a seperate page for each?  Can you point us to good accessibility
> style guides you've seen for a benchmark?
>
Desktop style guides exist but we don't have a similar version for RIAs. I
think
the wiki is a good place to create one on the fly. We might create an
outline for this.
Some work has been done for W3C but it is not far along. Let me see what I
can get.

> Planning Heuristic Evaluations of Sakai, uPortal, and Moodle -
>
> I see a mention of cognitive and learning but I don't see a
> breakdown of targeted users and transformations which should be
> addressed and how these would then be usable.
> Exactly, the work of defining these still needs to be done.  And we
> are really looking to those in the community with expertise in this
> area to help with the definition.  At the moment I think we are a
> bit caught up trying to get some "quick wins" (as Colin discussed in
> the roadmap) while fleshing out some of the long term goals...and
> still hiring new resources that Fluid allows for.   Perhaps this
> would be a good topic for an upcoming Fluid meeting...or a breakout
> working session in an upcoming Fluid meeting?
>
> For example, for a low vison how will we address content enlargement
> - text only, text and images, the entire content (through the browser)?
> Should we address linearization for larger fonts? For example, in
> the lightbox case you have a grid. If you enlarge the content enough
> you end up with scrolling. You might then want to linearize and swap
> the lightbox grid with a lightbox listbox which is left justified.
> We will need to address how the design patters change when the
> specified transformations occur.
> This is great.  I'm looking forward to further conversations to
> define and flesh out these specifications.  So we decided to start
> Lightbox design and development within the contexts of default "drag
> and drop" behavior and keyboard-only behavior.  I'm interested in
> how others see the low vision needs coming into play.  Is this yet
> another property setting on the component or is this work that would
> be done in the Gallery tool itself?  IMHO -- these are exactly the
> kinds of conversations we need to be having as we further define
> what a component is and isn't.
>
> In the meantime, I'm supposed to be iterating on the Lightbox
> behavioral spec which will help get us all on the same page about
> current work and to talk about these issues concretely around the
> Lightbox component.  I've promised to get the next version on the
> wiki before I end my day today.  I'll send a note to the group
afterwards.
>

Will this project address senior learners?

> Thanks again for comments Rich!  The first step is identifying what
> we don't know so we can figure it out...
>
> -Daphne
>
> Cheers,
>
> Rich
>
>
> Rich Schwerdtfeger
> Distinguished Engineer, SWG Accessibility Architect/Strategist
> Chair, IBM Accessibility Architecture Review Board
> blog: http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/blogs/page/schwer
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> Colin Clark <colin.clark at utoronto.ca>
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> Colin Clark <colin.clark at utoronto.ca>
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> Hi everyone,
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> I've been working on a short term road map document that describes the
> work we're doing over the next couple of months. Please have a look at
> it and feel free to share your thoughts.
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> http://wiki.fluidproject.org/display/fluid/May+2007+Short+Term+Road+Map
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> Here's a super-quick summary:
> * Designing and building our first Fluid component
> * Planning heuristic evaluations of Sakai, uPortal, and Moodle
> * Evaluating JavaScript toolkits
> * Expanding Sakai's UI design patterns
> * Presenting at Conferences and U-Camp
> * Incremental architecture of the Fluid framework
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> I'll be following this up with a longer-term view of the project in the
> coming weeks. It's great to see work progressing on the project so early!
>
> Have a great weekend,
>
> Colin
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> Colin Clark
> Technical Lead, Fluid Project
> Adaptive Technology Resource Centre, University of Toronto
> http://fluidproject.org
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