by Andrew Kirkpatrick

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July 8, 2010

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Today the W3C posted an updated techniques document for review, including for the first time a collection of techniques for Flash (and Flex) technologies.  The techniques can be viewed at – please take a look and send in comments by August 9 to

I’d also like to acknowledge the hard work of people at The Paciello Group who helped us assemble the techniques.  The techniques come from a wide range of sources and reflect knowledge amassed over several years of working with Flash and Flex, and as such additional credit is due to several others including Jon Avila and others at SSBBart Group, Bob Regan and Matt May at Adobe, Michael Jordan, and others.

Finally, we are also working on a collection of PDF techniques, which we aim to have available in the next round of the techniques document. We look forward to your comments.


  • By nagappa.shenoy - 12:49 AM on July 11, 2010  

    it is not accessible to motorolal6i

  • By Vivek - 10:23 AM on July 21, 2010  

    Andrew, this is simply amazing! I know lot of hard work must have gone into it. Hats off to the team who did this so elaborately. I had never thought this will come out so soon.

    peace, veiky

  • By Joe Clark - 1:14 PM on February 1, 2011  

    A perfectly sincere effort, but experience has shown that no one actually interested in accessibility uses Flash (and vice versa). You’re on the wrong side of history.

    • By akirkpat - 3:39 PM on February 1, 2011  

      Despite your dismissing the relevance of the techniques in the real world of accessible sites, applications, and content, many Flash authors have expressed a lot of interest in and questions around the techniques, and many people interested in accessibility in general have likewise. WCAG 2.0 provides for additional technologies to meet accessibility requirements and in addition to the Flash techniques the working group is finishing up techniques on PDF and Silverlight and additional ARIA techniques are coming also.

      Flash is used in a wide variety of situations, from set-top boxes to tablet devices to the web and more. I think that your perspective is influenced too much by your view of history – these techniques are helping developers today and will continue to do so in the future.