Improving Ajax for JAWS Users
January 24, 2007 at 9:09 AM
Gez Lemon and Steve Faulkner have written another cracking article that delves deeper into the technical details of Ajax and screen reader compatibility (in this case JAWS, specifically). In Improving Ajax Applications for JAWS Users, they examine the virtual buffer in JAWS and ways in which scripting can be used to update the virtual buffer automatically rather than relying on the users doing it themselves. Gez and Steve both acknowledge that techniques like the one they demonstrate are a "hack" but a useful one that provides for enhanced functionality and greater compatibility with one major piece of assistive technology. Use it or not—that's your choice; however, it is worth a read to see what is happening in this space.