JAWS version 10 with WAI-ARIA live region support!

Posted on Friday, 22 August 2008 by Steve Faulkner

I for one have been waiting to hear this news. One of the big 2 commercial screen readers will now support WAI-ARIA live regions. Let’s hope that this prompts GWMicro to add support in Window-Eyes. The JAWS version 10 public beta is scheduled for release during the week of August 24, 2008!

ARIA Live Region Support

JAWS can announce updates to live regions of Web pages when using Firefox 3 and later or Internet Explorer 8 and later. The dynamic section of a Web page that receives constant updates, such as news headlines, business information, and weather updates, is known as a live region. By default, JAWS announces updates for Web pages containing ARIA (Accessible Rich Internet Applications) Live Region markup. Web content creators add specific ARIA tags to their pages to mark regions as “live.” To stop JAWS from announcing updates, use the Announce Live Region Updates option to temporarily turn off this functionality. Just press INSERT+V while running your Web browser, navigate to this option, and then press SPACEBAR.

Source: What’s New in JAWS 10 Public Beta

Further Reading:

JAWS 10 public beta’s Firefox 3 support: A review


About Steve Faulkner

Steven is the Senior Web Accessibility Consultant and Technical Director, TPG Europe. He joined The Paciello Group in 2006 and was previously a Senior Web Accessibility Consultant at Vision Australia. He is the creator and lead developer of the Web Accessibility Toolbar accessibility testing tool. Steve is a member of several groups, including the W3C HTML Working Group and the W3C Protocols and Formats Working Group. He is an editor of several specifications at the W3C including HTML 5.1, Using WAI-ARIA in HTML and HTML5: Techniques for providing useful text alternatives. He also develops and maintains HTML5accessibility

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