Creating accessible web experiences has never been more important. Accessibility continues to gain recognition, and with the recent adoption of accessibility standards around the world, designers and developers must ensure that people with disabilities can access the content of websites and web applications.
With Adobe® Flex®, designers and developers can create powerful, exciting, and engaging experiences on the web that are accessible to all. With a robust set of accessibility features, including 28 accessible user interface components, it has never been easier to design accessible rich Internet applications (RIAs).
Flex inherits all the accessibility advantages of Adobe Flash® Player 9, including support for Microsoft Active Accessibility (MSAA), which means that users of assistive technologies can access the best experiences on the web. In fact, Flex improves the user experience by providing a robust set of standard control types that make the structure and use of a web application readily apparent and easily navigable for users with disabilities.
For the Flex designer and developer, the challenge of accessible design is to remove any obstacles that prevent assistive technologies such as screen readers or keyboard-only tools from functioning effectively when rendering Flex RIAs. Achieving this goal ultimately requires designers and developers to pay special attention to the potential use cases for disability and design with these particular experiences in mind.
This page offers a brief overview of Flex accessibility features. For more detailed instructions on building accessible RIAs in Flex, refer to the accessibility best practices for Flex.