Google Chrome Frame – still an accessibility black hole?

Posted on Friday, 23 September 2011 by Steve Faulkner

Back in 2009 I wrote Google Chrome Frame – accessibility black hole, now 2 years on what has changed? This quick revisit has been prompted by some recent tweets.

Refer to Google Chrome accessibility update


Chrome Frame 14 accessibility support

As I said this a quick revisit, so will get straight to the point. It is my understanding that Chrome Frame development tracks the chrome browser, including accessibility support. Chrome and hence Chrome Frame does not support labelling of form controls using standard HTML methods.
Note:
older versions of Internet Explorer and current versions of Safari only support the for/id method.

The chrome team are working on accessibility issues. There are still quite a few other issues such as lack of support for Windows High Contrast mode. I believe the lack of support for form control labelling alone is a showstopper. The chrome team are aware of the issue, lets hope it gets fixed soon. Check out HTML5Accessibility.com for browser accessibility support issues with new HTML5 features.

So while Chrome/Chrome Frame is no longer an accessibility black hole, it is still akin to looking through a glass darkly, for some.

Addendum

Great to read about accessibility improvements in Chrome 15!


About Steve Faulkner

Steve 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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