Today I attended two hours training about Building Accessible Web Applications. This talk was given by Cynthia Shelly and George Young. This was well organized in such a way that it started with accessibility design for simple html pages and proceeded to dhtml and dynamic web pages and concluded with AJAX and async. processed pages. It was very interesting to see that simple schematic html with right role and name are the foundations for building accessible web applications. Even though I have gone through section 508 tools and resources before, it was a whole new experience today seeing a person first hand using screen reader software to access a website. It was very interesting to see how this tool linearize the content and provides a dialog listing all the links in the web and allows the user to navigate a table rows keeping the column context etc.I should thank Rob Haverty from our team for suggesting this training.
Also I met my old buddy Peter Thomson from my prior life at Microsoft and had a good chat with him after a long time .