As readers may know, I graduated with my Masters in Computer Science this Spring. My research topic for my final Capstone project was on RIA (Rich Internet Application) Accessibility. When I first started digging deep into the subject, I posted about it frequently, and it has always been my intention to share my findings.
As it turns out, however, I can’t do this in the means I’d anticipated. Ultimately I found the topic was simply not amenable to “a research paper”. When I started diagramming out all the different permutations of the material I wanted to present, I really could find no linear order. So in true web2.0 fashion, I received permission not to present a paper, but a wiki. In this way I could cross-reference related topics without enforcing a specific order.
- rationale for accessibility: regulatory compliance or usability
- nature of RIA: DOM-based or Plugin
- Suites of Browser/OS/Assistive technology
I was also fortunate enough to engage directly with leaders in the web/ria accessibility field, and I will admit I was less than comfortable publishing their first-hand interviews and emails on the web. While they knew I was doing this research for a school paper, I wasn’t sure about reproducing them online.
That being said, I am obviously still interested in sharing what I learned, and will be doing so via a series of short posts. Hopefully that will make the information more palatable!