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First Steps to Accessibility
Like many organizations, we didn't find out about our Accessibility requirements until the application was half done and partly in production. It's one thing to know up front that you will have these requirements and build them into your UI designs. But getting those requirements late in the game has additional challenges. When you find out that Accessibility is needed, the following steps can be taken without any impact to the application from a user's perspective (if done well), but will lay some ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 30, 2008 10:14 AM

Useful JAWS keystrokes
Over the last few weeks of working with, and developing an ASP.NET application for, use with JAWS, I've found a few JAWS keystrokes to be particularly helpful. (For those unfamiliar with JAWS, it is the industry-leading screen reader software for those with visual disabilities.) The Control key. I call this the "shut up" button. It stops JAWS from reading. After a while you'll find yourself using it a lot. Insert + Down arrow. This causes JAWS to begin reading at the current JAWS cursor position. ......

Posted On Monday, April 28, 2008 2:33 PM

GridView Properties That Increase Accessibility
This is not a complete list of the accessibilty features available with a GridView, but this is what we're doing to make ours more accessible. (Note: At this point, we are primarily focused on users who use JAWS.) UseAccessibleHeader="true" Property of the GridView itself When the GridView is rendered as a table, using this property formats the header (first row) of the table using <th> tags instead of <td> tags. When navigating through the table with JAWS, the column header is announced ......

Posted On Thursday, April 24, 2008 2:05 PM

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