IBM is going to donate DHTML accessibility technology to the Mozilla Foundation. Big Blue will also give Mozilla code that makes it possible for webpages to be automatically narrated or magnified as well as navigated by keystrokes rather than mouse clicks.
According to figures provided by IBM, the Pew Internet & American Life Project published findings that show seniors -- who are more likely to have a visual or motor disabilities -- are the fastest-growing Internet group in recent years. Seniors made up 15 percent of the online population in 2000, the report said, compared to 22 percent last year.
IBM also points to federal guidelines as a reason the accessibility code is so important. The U.S. Rehabilitation Act states that federal employees, regardless of ability, must have access to electronic information and information technology.