[Fwd: [emacspeak The Complete Audio Desktop] Tutorial: Enhancing Web 2.0 Usability ...]

Hans Zoebelein hzoebelein at gmail.com
Fri Aug 1 15:41:29 UTC 2008

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Subject: 	[emacspeak The Complete Audio Desktop] Tutorial: Enhancing Web 
2.0 Usability ...
Resent-Date: 	Fri, 1 Aug 2008 11:07:27 -0400 (EDT)
Resent-From: 	emacspeak at cs.vassar.edu
Date: 	Fri, 1 Aug 2008 08:07:37 -0700 (PDT)
From: 	T. V. Raman <tv.raman.tv at gmail.com>
To: 	emacspeak at cs.vassar.edu

You can watch a video <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdRP76jhpAc> of 
the tutorial Charles and I gave as part of the Google Open Source series 
on July 14. Emacspeak users can play the video by pressing |e e| on the 
above link and specifying |emacspeak-m-player-youtube-player| when prompted.


Google is the Web's premier creator of user-friendly Web 2.0 
applications, and I have long viewed it as part of our mission to do for 
users in the long tail (AKA users with special needs) what we've 
achieved for the mainstream user. Accessibility 2.0 
<http://www.abilitynet.org.uk/accessibility2/> is now a hot topic on the 
Web --- and we would like to move from a world where AJAX applications 
were a straight No-No with respect to blind users to a world where these 
same technologies are used to enhance their usability for everyone.

Google-AxsJAX <http://code.google.com/p/axsjax> is an Open Source 
framework for injecting accessibility for users with special needs --- 
and more generally, usability enhancements --- into Web 2.0 
applications. In this TechTalk, Charles Chen and I give a hands-on 
tutorial on using AxsJAX to enhance the usability of Web 2.0 
applications. The tutorial covers the following:

    * A brief introduction to the additional /opcodes/ introduced by W3C
      ARIA to the assembly language of the Web (AKA HTML+JavaScript).
    * AxsJAX library abstractions built on the above that help Web
      developers generate relevant feedback via the user's adaptive
      technology of choice.
    * Steps in creating fluent eyes-free interaction to Web
      applications, including enabling rapid access to parts of a
      complex Web page.

This tutorial focuses on solutions we've already built and deployed both 
within shipping products and as early end-user experiments. Google 
products that we will cover include:

    * Google WebSearch
    * Google Reader
    * Google Books
    * GMail and Google Talk
    * Google Scholar
    * Google Sky

And time permitting, we might even demonstrate how I now make up for all 
the time I save thanks to an efficient eyes-free auditory user interface 
by playing JawBreaker and reading XKCD via their AxsJAXed versions.

Note that writing AxsJAX enhancements to Web applications can help you 
win bragging rights and cool swag 
</home/build/google3/javascript/axsjax/THANKS.html>! The goal of this 
hands-on tutorial is to help you get there faster!

Posted By T. V. Raman to emacspeak The Complete Audio Desktop 
at 8/01/2008 08:07:00 AM
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