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  • Blog Post: Silverlight and Accessibility

    NOTE: This was cross posted from here . Just found this via the Silverlight SDK blog .  There’s a new QuickStart guide on Silverlight and Accessibility.  The link on their site is bad, but here’s the correct link: Making Silverlight Applications Accessible -Marc
  • Blog Post: ShawnWildermuth: Supporting ScreenReaders in Silverlight Nice quick post with a video…
  • Blog Post: MIX09: Building Accessible RIAs in Silverlight

    NOTE: This was cross posted from here My team focuses on US Government customers and partners.  To say that building accessible applications is important for our customers/partners would be a huge understatement.  I just watched the following session from MIX09: Building Accessible RIAs in...
  • Blog Post: Accessibility Toolkit for SharePoint v2.0 Released

    Hi Software and Microsoft recently released version 2.0 of the Accessibility Toolkit for SharePoint. The intent of this solution is to provide a accessible development framework for Office SharePoint Server environments. Key features of AKS v2.0 include: Smart Control adapters which greatly...
  • Blog Post: WCAG 2.0 is now FINAL!!!

    From SlashDot... "It has been going on nine years now, but finally there are formal standards for Web accessibility for technologies other than HTML . They ask that you start with the press release (lots of links), but regulars might be more entertained by the last time WCAG made the front page...
  • Blog Post: IE 8 and Accessibility: Microsoft Improves IE8 for Disabled Users

    From the article:   A post on the IEBlog by Accessibility Program Manager JP Gonzalez-Castellan highlights several user-interface features that should improve the accessibility of IE8, among them Caret Browsing, Adaptive Zoom and High DPI (Dots Per Inch).   - Keith
  • Blog Post: Accessibility in Windows 7

    Just published on the Engineering Windows blog, a great article about accessibility in Windows 7 -Keith
  • Blog Post: ATTENTION WEB DEVELOPERS WCAG 2.0 Moves to Last Stage in W3C Approval Process

    For those of you (like me) who are interested in Accessibility and/or need to ensure your websites remain in compliance with section 508 you'll be interested to know that the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 was published as a W3C Proposed Recommendation on Nov. 3, 2008. This means that the technical...
  • Blog Post: SCREENCAST: Adding Closed Captioning to video using Silverlight, ASP.NET AJAX, WCF and an external data source

    In my previous Silverlight Closed Captioning screencast here , I showed you how to use Expression Encoder to import Closed Captioning information to produce a solution without writing a line of code. What if you store your Closed Captioning information in an external data source (database, SAMI file...
  • Blog Post: Testing a WPF UI

    I get asked about automated testing of WPF apps quite often. WPF has a nice feature called UI Automation. From the UI Automation Overview page on MSDN: "Microsoft UI Automation is the new accessibility framework for Microsoft Windows, available on all operating systems that support Windows Presentation...
  • Blog Post: Internet Explorer Developer Toolbar

    V1 of the IE Developer Toolbar is available. One of the many features that Public Sector developers will find useful is a Section 508 checker. More here . -Marc
  • Blog Post: Building ASP.NET 2.0 Web Sites Using Web Standards

    I just came across this recently published article. A significant portion of it covers accessibility. You'll also want to download the Writing Accessible Web Applications document from MSDN Downloads. The document talks about accessibility with AJAX. -Marc
  • Blog Post: You MUST sign up for the Bi-weekly MSDN Flash

    Just check out the latest issue at This a bi-weekly newsletter that can be customized to the topics you are most interested in. Mine arrived this morning and contained info on the redesigned Windows Vista Developer Center . A pointer to a free book on Office 2007...
  • Blog Post: Usability Toolbar & IE Spell-Checker

    Sara Ford informed me about this post . I haven't tried either of the tools. There seems to be some overlap in functionality with the Internet Explorer Developer Toolbar , but what craftsman doesn't like additional tools in their toolbox? -Marc Technorati Tags: Web 2.0 , Microsoft , Internet Explorer
  • Blog Post: Internet Explorer Developer Toolbar

    This little gem is an invaluable tool for any web developer. "The Microsoft Internet Explorer Developer Toolbar provides a variety of tools for quickly creating, understanding, and troubleshooting Web pages." Here's a list of the features from the download page: -- Explore and modify the document...
  • Blog Post: ASP.NET "Atlas" December CTP is out

    I was doing my periodic "blog catch up" this morning and came across a few announcements about the latest drop of ASP.NET "Atlas." There's been quite a bit of rework, but I'll let you go to the source ( Brian , Nikhil , and Scott ) for all the details. This release has better integration with existing...
  • Blog Post: ASP.NET for designers

    Are you a web designer or a developer interested in design? Well there's an ASP.NET section on MSDN just for you. The ASP.NET for Designers section is at . There's a nice set of design templates that have been added to this section. Here...
  • Blog Post: CSS Properties Windows Add-in for Visual Studio 2005

    This nifty new tool will give you the ability with Visual Studio 2005 to edit the styles that are inherited from a linked style sheet. Sandbox here: Download here:
  • Blog Post: Accessibility, Visual Studio 2005, ASP.NET 2.0

    Good article and acknowledgement of the great progress the Visual Studio 2005 and ASP.NET 2.0 teams have made -- article by Bloor Research at --Darryl
  • Blog Post: Creating an Accessible Web Page (Screencast)

    One of the things I hear often from our Federal customers is "How do I create Section 508 compliant web sites?" ASP.NET 2.0 and Visual Studio 2005 to the rescue! Learn how to get started by watching my screencast and reading the related material here . -Marc
  • Blog Post: The Code Room -- short 'TV show'

    Check out -- a great, fun way to learn about some of Microsoft's latest tools and technologies. From their about page: The Code Room is a 1/2 hour pilot TV show that exposes technologists to the latest tools and technologies for tackling real-world software development...
  • Blog Post: Accessibility in ASP.Net 2.0

    One of the things we are asked repeatedly from our Federal customers is how to ensure web applications are 508 compliant. We have heard you loud and clear and built rich accessibilty support into ASP.Net 2.0 and Visual Studio 2005. Have a look at the following resources to find out more: Accessibility...
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