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Sara Soueidan

Sara Soueidan

Sara Soueidan is an independent inclusive design engineer, author, speaker, and trainer from Lebanon.

She works with companies around the world building Web user interfaces and digital products with focus on responsive design, accessibility, performance, and cutting-edge tech. And she teaches designers and developers how to create inclusive web user interfaces.

Sara is the creator of the “Practical Accessibility” course—a get-right-down-to-it online video course for Web designers and developers who want to start creating more accessible Web user interfaces and digital products today.

She is also the author of the Codrops CSS Reference and co-author of Smashing Book 5. She blogs about inclusive design engineering on her blog, and delivers talks and workshops at events worldwide, as well as in-house, sharing practical insights and tried-and-true practices for building scalable, resilient front-end foundations.

Sara Soueidan's Talk


Monday, 9th – 10:00

HTML is the foundation of the accessible web. And it is more powerful today than it ever was. In addition to carrying meaning that is critical for all current and future forms of assistive technology to understand, HTML has gotten some wonderful and quite powerful new features in the past few months, and it is now capable of providing interactive behavior that we have always needed to use JavaScript for. And some of this behavior is made possible using only a few attributes that can be used to create different interactive UI patterns.

But these new features, like every other HTML element, must be used the way they are designed and intended to be used in order to get the most out of their inherent capabilities and built-in accessibility. In this talk, we're going to talk about the current state of HTML, its new built-in superpowers, as well as discuss the overall importance of writing HTML as intended to get the most out of its inherent accessibility.