Some information from Kelly Ford about IE8 beta and ARIA.
-I know people here sometimes try beta releases from
different companies. I wanted to give folks an alert about IE8 beta 1
should you opt to take it for a test spin. We are still working through
some issues with various screen readers, including JAWS, Window-Eyes and
ZoomText. Sso if you install the IE beta, please pay attention to the
The release notes talk about some key problems with the
shipping versions of several products where web content will not be available
and the IE menus will not speak. There are two reg keys detailed in the
release notes you can use to work around these issues but if you do not, IE
will seem extremely broken.
The blog announcement talking about IE8 beta 1 is at:
Although it isn’t mentioned in the blog post, IE8 beta
1 contains Microsoft’s initial support for Web ARIA. If you are not
familiar with ARIA, it is a way to make complex web applications more
accessible and do things like assign roles we are familiar with such as trees,
menus and more to HTML elements. This is a very simplified example.
Personally I think ARIA holds a lot of potential to make the web more
functional for screen reading users. You can learn more at: