[osflash] Introducing FlashAid: Using Flash to make Ajax more accessible
aral at ariaware.com
Mon Jul 3 00:16:58 EDT 2006
We were having a barbeque on the beach on Saturday night when Jeremy
Keith <http://adactio.com/> from Clearleft <http://clearleft.com/> told
us of an idea he had had for improving accessibility in Ajax
applications by exposing, from a Flash application, the ability to
detect whether accessibility features are installed on the user's
computer. I had taken this feature for granted and didn't realize that
the Ajax world was forced to live without it. Jeremy was surprised that
no one had implemented this yet and we agreed that it was not rocket
science by any means. In fact, I got a little time today to develop it
and the result is FlashAid <http://osflash.org/flashaid>, which I've
released under the open source MIT license on OSFlash <http://osflash.org>!
accessibility features exist on the user's computer by using a hidden (1
pixel x 1 pixel) Flash application. It requires Flash 8 and should be
compatible with every browser supported by ExternalInterface (for a full
list, see the FlashAid web page <http://osflash.org/flashaid>.)
FlashAid v0.1 Preview
ready for download.
This is a very early, proof-of-concept release. Please join the mailing
list and give us feedback. It would be especially useful to hear from
Ajax developers working on implementing accessibility in their applications.
More info on my blog post at http://aralbalkan.com/644
See the FlashAid web site <http://osflash.org/flashaid> for more
information on FlashAid.
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