Playing with the Accessibility Object Model (AOM)

The Accessibility Object Model (AOM) is an experimental JavaScript API that enables developers to modify the browser accessibility tree. The AOM has four phases, and support for phase one recently landed in Chrome Canary behind the flag.

Accessible SVG line graphs

SVG is often used for data visualisation, but because SVG lacks the semantics to express structures like bar charts, line graphs, and scatter plots, the content is difficult for screen reader users to interpret. The solution is to use the technique for creating accessible SVG tables as your starting point.

Accessible SVG tables

SVG has no native semantics for representing structures like tables, but ARIA1.1 introduces a number of roles that can be used to polyfill the necessary semantic information.

Quick guide to the ARIA specifications

ARIA (Accessible Rich Internet Applications) is a suite of specifications from the W3C. Knowing which specification has the information you need isn’t always obvious, so this post briefly introduces each specification and where it fits into the overall ARIA landscape.

Using the aria-current attribute

It is common on the web for the current thing in a collection to be highlighted visually, but providing an alternative for screen reader users has often involved something of a hack. The aria-current attribute is intended to solve this problem.

Accessible emoji

Emoji help us communicate complex ideas very easily. When used in native apps and applications, emoji are reasonably accessible to screen readers, but on the web we need to do a little more to make sure everyone can understand emoji.