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Web Accessibility: Web Standards and Regulatory Compliance by Andrew Kirkpatrick, Patrick H. Lauke, Jim Thatcher, Shawn Lawton Henry, Cynthia D. Waddell, Bruce Lawson, Michael R. Burks, Christian Heilmann, Mark Urban, Richard Rutter, Bob Regan

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A GLOSSARY OF TERMS

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Accessibility Task Force (ATF)
A subgroup of the Web Standards Project (WaSP) focusing on accessibility, assistive technology, and standards support.
ADA
See Americans with Disabilities Act.
Ajax
A combination of technologies that allows bits of a web page to be refreshed from the server without refreshing the whole page, which gives the user a more responsive, seamless experience. It is a good buzzword, but a lousy acronym for Asynchronous JavaScript and XML (because it doesn't require XML). Ajax currently is most often seen in Google Maps, Google's Gmail, and the like. Many accessibility problems have yet to be addressed. A similar result, without using JavaScript, may be achieved using Flash or even HTML frames.
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