JAWS screen reader manufacturer Freedom Scientific has published their January podcast. In it, Glen Gordon describes the design of WAI-ARIA and how it improves accessibility in Web 2.0 applications.
This is followed by a number of ARIA demonstrations by Jonathan Mosen. Jonathan first shows ARIA-enabled websites with JAWS 10 + Firefox 3.04. He then demonstrates JAWS with Chatzilla, an accessible IRC client. Chatzilla is based on Mozilla’s rendering engine, utilizing XUL for the user interface, HTML for the chat log, and ARIA to enhance accessibility. To quote Jonathan, “and thanks to all the ARIA they have enabled now in that window, chat works seamlessly with JAWS — very impressive”.