Draft recommendation to use Dojo

Michael S Elledge elledge at msu.edu
Tue Oct 16 14:15:44 UTC 2007

I think this makes a lot of sense, especially given IBM's commitment to 
making Dojo the place to go for accessible widgets. Nothing like 
leveraging Big Blue!


Colin Clark wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> There's been some discussion about our use of Dojo on the list recently. 
> At the summit, the technical group agreed to propose the use of Dojo as 
> our recommended JavaScript toolkit for building Fluid components.
> I've put together a wiki page that outlines the proposal, some of the 
> lingering concerns about Dojo, and a timeline for revisiting this 
> recommendation. Please take a look and share your thoughts with the list.
> http://wiki.fluidproject.org/display/fluid/Proposal+for+Dojo+in+Fluid
> This recommendation to use Dojo covers the use of pre-built DHTML 
> widgets within Fluid components, and is not exclusive. If you find a 
> widget outside of Dojo and feel strongly that it's worth using, feel 
> free. Just check with the community first and be prepared to do the 
> extra work to make it accessible and consistent.
> At the moment, DHTML and JavaScript can pose a substantial barrier to 
> accessibility. With the right techniques, including use of ARIA for 
> assistive technology compatibility, we can create fully accessible DHTML 
> user interfaces, but it requires a lot of work. My hope is that Dojo 
> will save us some time by not requiring us to implement these techniques 
> in every widget we use.
> On the other hand, I'm not completely bound to this approach and would 
> like to continue to assess our success with Dojo's widget set. 
> Unfortunately our first experience with its drag and drop library hasn't 
> been particularly successful, but I still see a lot of value in trying 
> to reuse Dojo widgets as much as possible to gain an accessibility 
> advantage.
> Thoughts? Comments? Complaints?
> Colin
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