The Paciello Group (TPG) has been selected by AOL to enhance the accessibility of jQuery, a popular open source toolkit used to build dynamic web applications. This work will foster greater compatibility between consumer-facing web applications and assistive technology used by people with disabilities to access the Internet. Enhancements will incorporate the World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C) Accessible Rich Internet Application Specification and Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0.
“Embedding accessibility support into widely used toolkits like jQuery is essential in order for people with disabilities to take full advantage of services delivered via web applications built by AOL and developers around the world,” said Tom Wlodkowski, AOL’s accessibility director. “Our goal is to minimize the barriers application developers confront today in making rich web interfaces accessible.”
“TPG is excited about our partnership with AOL,” stated Mike Paciello, founder and president of The Paciello Group. “We see this as an incredible opportunity to influence the usability of next generation web applications and to promote the inclusion of users with disabilities. By enhancing the jQuery developer toolkit, developers will have the framework for building accessible and usable rich internet applications.”
This project is also supported with the financial contribution of the European Commission in the context of the ÆGIS project (Open Accessibility Everywhere: Groundwork, Infrastructure, Standards). The AEGIS project is focused on the research and development of solutions to advance accessibility of mainstream ICT (desktop, rich Internet and mobile applications).
For more information, please contact Brian Landrigan.