Is Universal Design Still Possible?
by Matt May
The web platform has changed a lot over the last few years. Barely three
years ago, the iPhone was the biggest challenge for practitioners of
In 2010, though, there are phones, tablets, new browsers
and almost innumerable operating systems, each with their own capabilities
and limits. Not to mention the needs and preferences of seniors and people
How can you create beautiful sites that are accessible by mouse, keyboard,
touch and screen reader, while using the best features of HTML5 and CSS3? We
will apply the lessons of the iPhone and iPad, learn about the challenges of
HTML5, and see what is necessary to create a single site for everyone.
by Derek Featherstone
The popularity of mobile technology is growing about as fast as mobile
companies can produce new smartphones. Maybe even faster.
session, we'll look at how various mobile platforms have evolved in
terms of accessibility for people with disabilities.
about the accessibility features of the major mobile platforms as well
as the features available to both the user and the developer for
delivering accessible web content and applications.
Future Trends in Accessibility
by Daniel Hubbell
Our lives seem to have an increasing dependence on technology. It surrounds us.
But with the increasing pace of changes in technology it is harder for us to keep pace, particularly when the need for adaptation is compounded by a spectrum of disabilities and impairments.
For more than two decades Accessibility has been focused on two development philosophies: specialized add-on AT tools, and built-in accessibility features. But is this the right model and is it still relevant in the Cloud?
Through the concept of Inclusive Innovation we will explore whether the future of Accessibility should merely be an extension of other key information principles like Privacy and Security. Or is Universal Design enough?
Practical Accessibility Testing
by Glenda Sims
How do you know if your web site is accessible? Can automated testing tools help?
Glenda Sims will share gems
from her 10+ years of experience testing sites for accessibility. Equip
yourself with free and powerful testing tools. Learn how to turn it up a
notch when you need to monitor accessibility across a vast enterprise. See
some of the very latest testing tools that will help you evaluate color
contrast, dynamic content and WAI-ARIA compliance.
by Marla Erwin
Learn CSS that's cool, sneaky, and fun — and best of all, that will make
your designs soar without leaving accessibility behind.
- Fluid, flexible, and fixed width layouts: Learn to love them all
- Stealth backgrounds: images that expand with your layout
- Em-based values: the "zoom" feature on steroids
- Alternate stylesheets: offer great choices, then let the user decide
If you're a designer or developer frustrated by the "limitations" of
designing compliant pages, you'll be out of excuses after this entertaining
and eye-opening session.
by Aaron Gustafson
If you've been paying attention for the last few years, you're likely well-versed in progressive enhancement and it's content-out approach to web design, but you may be less familiar with the Accessible Rich Internet Applications spec and how you can leverage its enhanced semantics to provide a truly accessible experience.
In this session, we'll cover the following:
- Discuss progressive enhancement and where ARIA fits into the mix
- Examine how ARIA's landmark roles can provide additional clues as to document structure
- Look at the various roles and states ARIA defines for building accessible widgets
- Cover how to leverage tabindex in an effort to create a better overall experience when using the keyboard
- Walk through the construction of an ARIA-enabled widget, from markup to scripting, following the progressive enhancement process
Accessibility & Compatibility
by Jared Smith
With a focus more on what Web developers can do to ensure
accessibility and compatibility, Jared Smith overviews how people with
disabilities access and use the web and how to ensure optimal
compatibility of web content with assistive technology.
Assistive technologies can make disabilities mostly irrelevant on the
web, so long as web pages are designed and developed to be compatible
with those technologies. So, let's stop disabling our audience and
focus on making our Web sites truly accessible.
Accessibility & HTML5
by Christopher Schmitt
At over 900 pages, the HTML5 specification sadly can't be distilled into a small session.
So, Christopher Schmitt is focusing on the cool stuff.
In addition to an overview of HTML5 layout structure, Schmitt looks at the CANVAS element and how multimedia elements like AUDIO and VIDEO can be made more accessible.
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