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December 11, 2007

Introducing AIA

A group of IT and assistive technology companies have formed a group designed to address engineering challenges around accessibility issues. The group’s name is the Accessibility Interoperability Alliance, or AIA. Adobe is part of this group because it is important to have improved methods to provide straightforward interoperability between IT products and assistive technology tools.
Of particular interest is the project that seeks to harmonize existing accessibility APIs such as IAccessible2 and UIAutomation. With the wide variety of assistive technologies available today, both these tools and Adobe’s players need reliable and standard methods to participate in information exchanges with assistive tools. There are too many tools for Adobe’s players to support directly through customization and similarly the assistive technology tools have too many IT products that they need to support so they too cannot provide custom solutions across the board. The way forward is through better and harmonized (or converged) APIs.
The AIA press release is at:
The AIA group web site is

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June 18, 2007

Adobe’s New Accessibility Engineer

I’m pleased to announce that Matt May is joining my team at Adobe working on accessibility. Matt will be working interally and externally, with Adobe product teams and customers to address accessibility in Adobe products, ensure interoperability with assistive technologies, and ensure that customers are aware of the many accessibility features that already exist in our products.
Matt is sure to be familiar to many of you from his work at the W3C. He joined the W3C/WAI Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Working Group in late 2000, co-edited the first JavaScript techniques document for WCAG 2.0 in 2001, and went to work full-time for the W3C in 2002. During that time, Matt was staff contact for the WAI Authoring Tool and User Agent Accessibility Guidelines Working Groups (ATAG/UAAG), and the Protocols and Formats Working Group, which reviewed W3C and related specs for accessibility. Matt’s most widely-seen W3C work is probably the W3C Note, “Inaccessibility of CAPTCHA”.
In 2005, Matt co-founded a standards-based design firm named Blue Flavor, and since January, Matt led client-side development on a new merchant platform for Amazon’s enterprise group.
We’re excited to have Matt on the Adobe accessibility team! Welcome Matt!

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January 15, 2007

An Event Apart Registration Discount

An Event Apart is offering a discount for registration for An Event Apart in Boston. Just use the code AEAADOB at the shopping cart when registering and you save $50.
I’ll be speaking on accessibility, of course. “Beyond Basic Access” is the title of the talk, and I’m going to assume that everyone knows about the important aspects that we always hear about (i.e. I’m not talking about alt attributes on images, form labels, or headings as a topic unto themsleves) and focus on more complex issues that impact the overall experience for disabled users. Hope to see you there!

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December 8, 2006

An Event Apart

An Event Apart comes to Boston this spring! March 26-27, 2007 at the Marriott Copley Place, to be specific. I’ll be speaking on accessibility, joining an amazing cohort of speakers that will share their insights with the attendees. Adobe is proud to be a sponsor of this event – put it on your calendar!

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July 31, 2006

New Accessibility Book

A new accessibility book hit the shelves last Monday. Web Accessibility: Web Standards and Regulatory Compliance is the collective work of several well-known names in accessibility, including Jim Thatcher. This is the new version of the standard reference “Constructing Accessible Websites” that Jim and others wrote a few years back, so the format and cover image are similar, but with updated and new content.
I wrote chapters on PDF accessibility and an overview of accessible technologies and co-authored/updated the chapter on Flash accessibility with Bob Regan. I’m very happy with the book, and I’m sure you’ll find it invaluable.

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May 1, 2006

Adobe Accessibility Blog

Welcome! We’re launching our blog focused on accessibility – this blog will share information about accessibility best practices for our many products, important occurances in the world of accessiblity in the context of developing with or using Adobe products, and other timely information that impacts how developers can use our products to deliver accessible information and experiences to all users.
Adobe has a new web site design as of today, fully combining the content of the site. If you’re looking for the accessibility resources for Adobe products the new starting point is the Adobe Accessibility Resource Center at This resource will continue to grow over time – please let us know what you think or what you’d like to see!

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