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Hans Hillen

Jan 27, 2010, 1:07:26 AM1/27/10
to jQuery Accessibility
Hi everybody,

I just wanted to introduce myself: My name is Hans Hillen, and I am an
accessibility consultant/developer for a company called The Paciello
Group. As my colleague Steve Faulkner (who posted on this group
earlier this month) mentioned in his introduction, we will be working
in improving the accessibility of the JQuery widgets. I will be the
main developer assigned to this project, and will mostly be focusing
on the use of correct ARIA markup, support for assistive technology
and keyboard accessibility.

Currently I'm still testing the widgets and looking at the underlying
code to get better understanding of what is needed. I'll also go
through the messages on this board to get a better idea of the current

Apart from that, I was wondering what the procedure is for
contributing to the source: Is it possible for me to get commit rights
to the SVN repo, and what would the procedure for checking in code?

Also, I saw that the discussions on JQuery development have moved to, but there is no accessibility section there yet. Are
we keeping this Google group for accessibility related discussions, or
are we moving to the other forum as well?


Hans Hillen

Scott González

Jan 28, 2010, 11:07:08 AM1/28/10
Hey Hans,

Glad to hear you're interested in helping out. We're wrapping up the 1.8 release and will be doing a big push for accessibility with the 1.9 release.

For code changes, you can create tickets at and attach patches. After providing some patches that get approved, we can grant you commit access. At least that's what we do right now. We're planning on moving to github very soon, at which point you would just fork the code and make your changes then we'd pull them in.

As for discussions, we are keeping this group around. The Zoho forums aren't accessible, so moving accessibility discussions over there would cause us some problems. The Zoho developers have been really great about making changes to accommodate the jQuery project, but it will likely be some time before we can move all the accessibility discussions over there.

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