Chapter 9. Ajax and WAI-ARIA

In the last chapter, we showed you how to add JavaScript to your HTML and CSS to make a web application. In this chapter, we discuss adding Accessible Rich Internet Application (WAI-ARIA, or ARIA for short) properties and other techniques for making JavaScript and Ajax accessible.

We have yet to realize the non-disability-specific benefits of ARIA, although we expect to see the mobile market take advantage of many of the ARIA features. For example, drag-and-drop is something that is not widely supported across mobile devices, even on the iPhone (as of late 2008).

A report from Informa Telecoms & Media (2007) predicts that 50% of the world’s population will have access to the Internet via a mobile device by 2010. ...

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