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Accessibility In Modern Applications

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Workshop includes:
  • Snacks and drinks
  • Tea and Coffee
  • Lunch
  • Paper and pen/pencil

Full-day workshop • Thursday, March 31, 2022.
Front-end accessibility is as important as it’s ever been, as more of the products and services users depend on have moved online – things like paying bills, shopping, education, and more. Without accessibility, people with disabilities will encounter barriers that prevent them from using these kinds of experiences.

Developers are capable of so much with JavaScript these days – we can learn new APIs and build complex applications that look great on our resumés. But who are you building those apps for? If you’re selling a product online or trying to expand reach, doesn’t it make more sense to include as many users as you can?

By taking an inclusive design approach for your apps and really baking accessibility in with automated tests, you’ll raise the bar for quality software and be the hero of so many users.

Who Is This Workshop For?

The workshop is for web designers and developers comfortable with pushing their HTML, CSS, and JavaScript skills to create accessible and robust user interfaces.

You’ll learn how to prevent barriers to access for people with disabilities in UI design and development. You’ll leave with knowledge and direction necessary to identify and implement accessible patterns and workflows to build inclusive, innovative websites and web applications.

This Workshop, We Will Explore:

  • Semantic structure in JavaScript apps and custom components
  • Keyboard interactivity and focus management
  • Updating views, toggling UI components and layers
  • Notifying screen reader users
  • Using motion and animation safely
  • Accessible style guides and pattern libraries
  • Debugging for accessibility
  • Using accessibility testing tools
  • Writing automated accessibility tests

What Hardware/software Do You Need?

To get the most out of the workshop, you’ll need to bring a laptop with your preferred text editor, Git, Node, and npm 12+ installed. Windows users should also have the NVDA screen reader installed, while Linux users can use the Orca screen reader.

About Marcy Sutton

Marcy Sutton is a freelance web developer who works with organizations as a lead accessibility engineer and teacher. In the past Marcy has worked on accessibility testing tools including axe-core, JavaScript frameworks, websites and web applications.

Marcy’s focus on access and user experience was recognized by O’Reilly in 2016 with a Web Platform Award. When away from the keyboard, Marcy can be found hiking with her dog, riding bicycles, adventuring in her camper van, or cooking something delicious.

Time & Location: Thu, Mar 31

This full-day workshop will be hosted at Fort Mason and will take place the day after SmashingConf. The workshop will be running from 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM on Thursday, March 31.

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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