Accessibility Minutes 2013 04 08

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  • Jon Gunderson (University of Illinois)
  • Marc Johlic (IBM)- scribe
  • Mike Scott (Illinois Department of Human Services)
  • Nicholas Hoyt (University of Illinois)
  • Prasana Bale (University of Illinois)
  • Rich Schwerdtfeger (IBM)
  • Ann Abbott (IBM)


Attendees: Jon, Ann, Marc, Nick, Prasana, Mike

JG: AI Sidebar is the tool we plan on making public and promoting. This and AI for Firebug. (AI = Accessibility Inspector)

JG: Before we can release these tools we need to test the ruleset and be sure we are measuring what we expect .

JG: Would like people to test the tools - for bugs in the tool, and for any messaging / rule issues

JG: Nick is working on the interaction design for AI Sidebar for FF - would like some user input

JG: How would you be using these tools in IBM to help support a11y work in IBM or with clients

AA: I see sidebar has shortcut key combo ctrl+shft+M - it does something else (I had that same issue - mj)

NH: Will see some similarities to OAA extension

NH: The 3 of us have been collaborating so there will be similarities between the 3 tools

NH: Still a prototype

NH: When first opened you see the Summary View - from here you can drill down to the second level which features a table of rule results

NH: New SC (Success Criteria) column has been added

NH: When you select a rule, a third level will be rule details - you will get a list of all elements failing that rule

NH: Third level not implemented yet

NH: Even w/o the third level, still feel the tool exposes enough rule results for now

AA: Would help if first column was "Category" or "Guideline"

AA: Under Rule Categories.. Structure.. I see a last column but can't tell what it is

NH: That is the "column picker" symbol (in FF) - if you click it there is a dropdown list

MS: MC is actually the header for that column. Column Picker is not a column header

AA: If using a SR what is that column announced as

NH: Not sure yet - will have to test

AA: We need to be sure that our accessibility tool complies

JG: I don't believe the column picker is accessible in FF - not something "we" can fix.. up to Mozilla

NH: We have some limitations due to Xool (FF dev language)

NH: We have an issue tracker:


NH: and

JG: /member/wiki/Accessibility_Tracker

AA: Would like to know if the text between the Summary and Preferences button is accessible / read by a SR

NH: We have some more work to do in testing

AA: We have found a way to get around that is by making it a read only edit

AA: Do you all have a Greenhouse account - will give access to Connections which is the most ARIA enabled enterprise app to date

MS: May not have gotten the invite

AA: Ann will send


NH: Also working on creating wireframes for third level rule details. Looking for anyone that may have 20 mins or so for a 1:1 conversation, I will send the PDFs over

MJ: Having some connection issues here - keep getting dropped

JG: Currently have 8 - 10 items in the list

JG: Would like to spend some time each week going over the issues

AA: Getting unresponsive script warning in Preferences

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