ACCESS8878 is in the process of gathering information about
technology support that is to include browsers, operating systems
and assistive technologies.
We'll publish this information as it becomes available.
In the mean-time, take a look at
www.caniuse.com (this link will open in a
new browser window) which features some very useful
information about the technologies that browsers support in the
past, present and future.
Adobe have just published a response to BS 8878 and provides links to
resources that help developers make flash content accessible.
Step 10 of BS 8878 (clause 6.10) asks you to think about what
target browsers, operating systems and assistive technologies you
The answer to this question might be "all of them" as you strive
to ensure that your web product is accessible to as many people as
In practical terms, this may not be the best approach, or even
something that is possible as some technologies will work in
conflicting ways so that supporting one technology may leave issues
This makes the job of deciding which technologies to support a
little bit trickier.
One thing you'll need to think about is necessity. Do you really
need a mobile GPS driven application to work on a desktop PC? Will
you be providing support for Internet Explorer 2?
The process of discussing and rationalising your decisions to
support certain technologies may sound like a tedious and
time-consuming task, but in actual fact defining a set of
technologies will become part of project build, feature in your
test plan, and the inevitable discussion about how or whether you
support IE6 is going to come up sooner or later. Whether you want
BS 8878 compliance or not, creating a list of technologies that
you're going to support is likely to be a time-saver.
What's really needed is information on the capabilities and
limitations of the resources that you want to support so that it's
not a surprise to find out that your Flash content can be read by a
screen reader but not viewable on an iPad, or that HTML served as
application/xhtml+xml isn't supported by any version of Internet
Explorer past or present.
ACCESS 8878 is currently putting together a chart of information
that will help you make the right technology choices. We hope to
bring you this information early in the new year.