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State of the Browser

No industry for old men

Having been in the accessibility field for far too long, I provide a retrospective of significant (for me) developments in relation to:

  • HTML - modernisation (HTML5 and beyond)
  • ARIA - (from stop gap to mainstream semantic vocabulary)
  • Screen Readers - (as everybody knows accessibility is not just about blind users, but my area of interest has and is how the semantics of HTML and related UI technologies are expressed to users, defined in web standards, exposed in browsers and supported by screen reading software.
  • W3C - a lighthearted look at participation in the process of web standards development

About Steve Faulkner

Steve Faulkner

Steve is a Director at TetraLogical. We specialise in all aspects of accessibility, from working with websites and apps to giving teams the skills they need to make accessibility part of everything they do.

Until November 2023 Steve was the Chief Accessibility Officer at TPGi. He joined TPGi in 2006 and was previously a Senior Web Accessibility Consultant at Vision Australia.

Steve is a member of several groups, including the W3C Web Platforms Working Group, Accessibility Guidelines Working Group and the W3C ARIA Working Group.

He was an editor (until May 2023) of several specifications at the W3C including ARIA in HTML and HTML Accessibility API Mappings 1.0. He was also an editor of the HTML5 specification.

He also writes on HTML5accessibility and works on the JAWS bug tracker/standards support.