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Practical Accessibility Testing

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Workshop includes:

  • 🍵 Tea, coffee, snacks and drinks during the whole day
  • 🥪 Lunch
  • 📒 Paper and pen/pencil

Full-day workshop • Monday, October 10, 2022.
How can we be sure that we are making the web a better place for all? How can we tell if we are accidentally introducing barriers for disabled users?

In this workshop we will learn how to incorporate accessibility testing as part of your everyday developer workflow. You will leave the session feeling more confident about your codebase and knowing that you can make the web a better place, one commit at a time.

Here’s What You Should Be Expecting:

  • Inspiring & Immersive

    A full day of teaching in a small group

  • Interactive & Practical

    Plenty of time for practice & feedback

  • Hands-on exercises

    With reviews by your teacher

  • Cooperate

    Learn from your teacher and other attendees

  • Dedicated Q&A time

    To ask all your questions

  • Digital Smashing Certificate

    A well-deserved reward for your work

Who is this workshop for?

This workshop is ideal for front-end developers and quality engineers who want to learn how to test their applications in a practical way and for those who understand that testing for accessibility is a challenge to enjoy, not a chore in the developer’s life.

We will be working with real-life, hands-on testing scenarios, and you will learn how to create your own accessibility testing workflow and how to integrate this into your projects.

In this workshop, you’ll learn:

  • Why accessibility testing is critical to quality and not just an afterthought. We’ll walk through the different accessibility users and assistive technologies available, in order to understand the true value of web accessibility.
  • How to test your application manually in real scenarios, using different assistive technologies. We will learn how to check for contrast and focus issues, as well as for lack of discernible links in your application.
  • How to automate your accessibility tests in order to make sure that your new features won’t be causing any regression issues. We will be using axe-core and jest to create automated accessibility unit tests.
  • How to integrate accessibility tests into your Design System, because a healthy component library means multiple healthy applications across the company.
  • How to integrate accessibility testing into your CI/CI pipeline in order to be certain that the code that reaches production is accessible, and has been thoroughly tested.
  • How to prioritize accessibility issues, because if you run an audit for the first time and find yourself with hundreds of accessibility issues on your platform, you need to find a way of prioritizing those bugs in order to get them fixed as quickly and effectively as possible.

What prerequisites skills do you need?

Basic understanding of HTML and CSS.

What hardware/software do you need?

Bring a Mac or Windows computer with your favorite text editor.

About Eva Ferreira

Evangelina Ferreira is a Front-end developer and teacher. She currently works as a UI Developer and has been teaching web technologies at the National Technological University of Argentina for more than five years.

Throughout her career Eva has been deeply involved in the Argentinian web community. She enjoys giving workshops and talks and since 2015 she has been organizing CSSConf Argentina, an international non-profit event that brings experts from all around the globe to speak about web technologies.

In her spare time she loves reading W3C drafts as much as Harry Potter, creating animations and playing with her cats.

Time & Location

This full-day workshop will take place the day before SmashingConf. The workshop will be running from 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM on Monday, October 10.

Schedule for Monday, October 10

9:00 AM – Doors open, Registration
9:30 AM – Introduction & Kick-off
11:00 AM – Coffee Break
1:00 PM – Lunch
2:00 PM – Afternoon Session
3:30 PM – Coffee Break
5:30 PM – The End

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