[Irl-dean] ICT-Expo

Paul Walsh, Segala paul at segala.com
Fri Feb 24 12:20:31 GMT 2006

Just so you know, we've partnered with Mozilla's premier Firefox developer
who also maintain their development community website www.spreadfirefox.com.
We are going to release a Firefox extension in a few weeks with a full
browser thereafter. Mozilla have stated that they will include the new
technology in the mainstream browser and Lycos Europe are looking for their
own branded browser too. Lot's of associations are looking for their own but
these remain confidential.

So, what's the point? Well, I'd like to invite the group to come up with
requirements for an extension that will suit specific user types or one that
fits as much as possible. Perhaps the CRC has specific requirements?

The browser will include technology that hasn't been released yet. User
profiles and bookmarks are stored and update dynamically. This means that
users with the same browser can be located anywhere in the world and still
have access to their bookmarks and browser configuration. We can brand it to
suit the needs of the owner. It has the most powerful child protection
functionality that I'll tell you about if asked.

I'm open to suggestions and welcome your thoughts. We can run with this as a
structured project. We could even survey the public or target various
disabled communities.

There's no catch, look at this as Segala's contribution to Ireland as we
haven't actually done any accessibility work in our homeland yet :)

So, we'll pick up the cost. If you think this is a good idea we can open up
a separate thread or forum posting.



      -----Original Message-----
      From: irl-dean-admin at list.eeng.dcu.ie 
      [mailto:irl-dean-admin at list.eeng.dcu.ie] On Behalf Of Hugh O'Neill
      Sent: 23 February 2006 12:56
      To: irl-dean at list.eeng.dcu.ie
      Subject: RE: [Irl-dean] ICT-Expo
      That's excellent Barry, and we can include directions for 
      getting these Firefox extensions on the CD.
      -----Original Message-----
      From: irl-dean-admin at list.eeng.dcu.ie
      [mailto:irl-dean-admin at list.eeng.dcu.ie]On Behalf Of 
      Barry McMullin
      Sent: 23 February 2006 12:44
      Cc: irl-dean at list.eeng.dcu.ie
      Subject: RE: [Irl-dean] ICT-Expo
      Importance: Low
      On Thu, 23 Feb 2006, Hugh O'Neill wrote:
      > We can also use the badly designed version to 
      demonstrate how the Web 
      > Accessibility Toolbar could be used, as Donal proposed, 
      alongside a 
      > demonstration of JAWS reading our flawed and fixed 
      websites.  I think 
      > we need to include magnification software as well, for 
      > and also switch / keyboard access.
      > Any other thoughts on approach?
      For what it's worth, WAI Education and Outreach Group is 
      currently developing precisely this kind of "before" and "after"
      demo.  It is only in early draft form, with lots of 
      dangling placeholders, but may help with some ideas:
      On a separate point, as Elaine has noted, the AIS toolbar 
      is very useful as far as it goes; but has a significant 
      drawback in
      (currently) being limited to Microsoft Internet Explorer 
      only. Of course, IE is still far and away the world's 
      favourite browser - but hardly first choice from a 
      standards conformance point of view...
      As Eamon just noted, firefox has alternative strengths of 
      its own.  Right out of the box we have easy magnification 
      (up and down), easy to switch off image animations (death 
      to all flickering ads ... unless they are in flash - but 
      see below!), tabbed browsing, and user control of new 
      window/tab opening.
      And once you have firefox, you can then pick from a long 
      menu of handy extensions:
      Web Developer:
      Accessibility Extensions for Mozilla/Firefox:
      Document Map (finally get a table of contents from all those
        header elements):
      Longdesc (context menu to access long image "descriptions");
      Link Toolbar (finally get some benefit from those LINK elements!):
      Flashblock (see how your site looks when users rebel and switch
        off all those irritating flash things):
      NoScript (easily control where client side scripting is allowed
        and where it isn't - what IT security manager doesn't
        want to deploy this?):
      LiveHTTPheaders (technies only, but see content 
      negotiation in action!):
      DOM Inpector (technies only!):
      (So *why* did we have to wait so long for a really *extensible*
      Best - Barry.
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