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Simon Willison from Yahoo!’s Flickr development team discussed the XML web services API that has lead to Flickr acting as a platform for other developers, and showed how the site itself makes use of the API with Ajax.
How can we build modern web applications that use DOM Scripting and Ajax-type technologies and ensure that they are accessible?
To find the answers Derek will look at the impact of Ajax and dynamically-generated content on people with disabilities by examining how various assistive technologies interact with modern web development techniques such as DOM Scripting and Ajax. Using those results Derek will create a strategy to make some currently popular design patterns more accessible to all users.
User experience designer and upcoming author, Andy Budd, discussed how the web is moving from a document delivery system to an application platform. Andy attempted to define what Web 2.0 really means and looked at some of the technologies and applications making this transition possible.