Greasemonkey & Accessability

I've been busy learning to write JavaScript over the last couple of weeks. I am incredibly impressed with what you can build using XHTML+CSS+SVG+JavaScript in modern browsers. For some amazing examples of website remixing and mashups you have to try out Greasemonkey. This Firefox plugin allows you to dynamically alter third party web sites using scripts you download or write yourself.

The first script I've written is to improve the accessibility of a website by adding alt tags to their images. It turns out to be damn easy! Of course, putting in the tags at development time would be even easier, but getting some sites to improve their accessibility is about as much fun as pushing a rope. Unfortunately I can't name the website because using Greasemonkey violates their terms of service and I'd rather not get disconnected even though what I'm doing isn't illegal.

Interestingly, it seems that a number of JAWS's more "advanced" browser features could be fairly easily written as Greasemonkey scripts.

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