[Accessibleweb] Re: AccessibleWeb@U Meeting Minutes - May 15, 2008
rells at u.washington.edu
Tue May 20 09:06:32 PDT 2008
Please keep us posted on your thoughts and discoveries. This is an
important topic for all of us.
rells at u.washington.edu
On Mon, 19 May 2008, Kris Symer wrote:
> Hi Rick,
> You bring up a great point. We tried to display all important content
> as text in the body of the page so that it could be accessible without
> issue. But we still need to make a few improvements (e.g., parking
> prices). I will recommend to our PR staff that they revise the content
> I need to do more research on accessibility of Overlays in the Google
> Maps API. A lot has changed since I developed our pages. My initial
> testing shows that all currently visible links, including those in Info
> Windows (i.e., caption balloons), are accessible in the tab order
> without the use of a mouse. But I still need to find a way to access
> the Info Windows that are hidden by default--whether by tab order or
> external link.
> Keyboard access is discussed in the Google Maps API group:
> More posts on accessibility...
> Kris Symer
> Web Developer, UW Tacoma
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Rick Ells [mailto:rells at u.washington.edu]
> Sent: Monday, May 19, 2008 8:51 AM
> To: Kris Symer
> Cc: 'accessibleweb at u.washington.edu'
> Subject: Re: [Accessibleweb] Re: AccessibleWeb at U Meeting Minutes - May 15, 2008
> Very nice. Your example shows the potential of services like Google Maps
> to add information-rich widgets to a page.
> Could you share you thoughts about what can be done to make such widgets
> accessible to people who, for example, cannot use a mouse?
> It occurs to me that the propensity will be to embed information like
> location of parking in the widget configuration info, which may be only
> mouse-navigable. Do you know if Google has any plans for being able to at
> least tab among the defined locations on a Google Map widget?
> Could this be addressed with a content policy of always listing the
> locations in html near the widget?
> These are the kinds of questions I hope we address if/when the main campus
> map moves to something like Google Maps.
> Rick Ells
> Senior Webmaster
> UW Technology
> rells at u.washington.edu
> On Fri, 16 May 2008, Kris Symer wrote:
>> Although the UW Tacoma campus map is still an image, we implemented
>> some custom Google Maps while renovating related transportation pages
>> last year:
>> There is no database integration, just some manually plotted polygons,
>> icons, and captions. The techniques wouldn't scale well, but perhaps
>> it will spur some ideas.
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