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The virtual, live web professionals conference

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Web Standards Sherpa and Environments for Humans are joining forces to celebrate web design best practices and bid a fond farewell to Shirley the Goat. Some of our best Sherpa guides are presenting at this one day virtual conference and there will also be two open Q&A sessions where you can ask industry experts your pressing questions. Bring all your Sherpas to your desktop or their own mobile device on April 23rd from 9AM to 4PM (CT).

Don't miss this great event and purchase your tickets now!

April 23, 2015 \\ 9AM to 4PM CT

(Schedule subject to change)

Designing for Web Accessibility 9am CT

by Laura Kalbag, Designer

What is web accessibility, and who benefits from it anyway? We'll look at why we should bother at web accessibility in the first place, and who is responsible for its implementation. We'll cover some of the common accessibility pitfalls and how to avoid them, including:

  • Content, navigation and way-finding
  • Text, colour and links
  • Forms, animations, media and accessible alternatives
  • Research, evaluation and testing
  • Tools for evaluating the accessibility of your site
  • Case studies and examples

About Laura Kalbag

Laura Kalbag is a designer easily excited by web design and development. Among her list of ever-changing pet subjects are mobile web, semantic web, web fonts and design theory, but she’s really fascinated by anything in the areas of web, mobile and design.

Laura has been a freelancer for the whole of her professional life. She revels in working with small and meaningful clients, creating websites, apps, icons, illustrations and the odd logo.


Single Page Apps, AngularJS and Accessibility 10am CT

by Derek Featherstone, Accessibility Specialist

Modern web technologies have changed, but the accessibility needs of people with disabilities remain the same. We've got a new crop of SPA frameworks that are creating a bunch of new accessibility problems. Except they aren't new. We've solved these problems before, and we'll have to keep on solving them again, in slightly different ways as technology continues to evolve.

In this session, Derek will walk you through some of the most typical problems with Single Page Apps as typified by Angular.js. You'll learn which accessibility issues to look for, how they impact people with different disabilities, and what you can do about it to ensure that your work is accessible to everyone.

About Derek Featherstone

Engaging, surprising, and inspiring, Derek Featherstone has a gift for taking a fresh look at virtually every aspect of web development and teaching it in a way that renews our passion for making the web better for everyone. Featherstone is an internationally-??known authority on accessibility and web development, and a respected technical trainer, and author.

Creator of in-depth courses on HTML, CSS, DOM Scripting, and Web 2.0 applications, his approach never fails to champion the cause of web standards and universal accessibility. As founder of Furtherahead, he has been an in-demand consultant to government agencies, educational institutions and private sector companies since 1999. His wealth of experience and insight enables him to provide audiences with immediately applicable, brilliantly simple approaches to everyday challenges in website design.

He serves on the Accessibility and DOM Scripting Task Forces of the Web Standards Project, and comments on a variety of subjects at the popular boxofchocolates.ca.


Web Sherpa Q&A Round Table 11am CT

by Dan Rubin, Designer and photographer

Ask questions of Dan Rubin, Laura Kalbag and Derek Featherstone in this Q&A Round Table session hosted by Designing Web & Mobile Graphics and HTML5 Cookbook author Christopher Schmitt.

About Dan Rubin

Designer, singer, photographer, barbershop harmony aficionado, philosopher, polymath; improving the world through design. Also, half-English by birth.


So... What Do I Make? 1pm CT

by Dan Mall, Founder of SuperFriendly

Reports are in from Twitter, Medium, and the like: we can't make full comps, use Photoshop, or even utter the phrase "visual design" anymore. What's a designer to do? Has our role evaporated?

Fear not: Dan Mall will help redefine the tasks of the modern day designer in light of the multi-device world that snuck up on us.

About Dan Mall

Dan Mall is an award-winning designer from Philadelphia, an enthralled husband, and new dad. As the Founder & Design Director at SuperFriendly Dan and his team defeat apathy and the forces of evil with heroic creative direction, design, & strategy.

He?s also co-founder of Typedia and swfIR, and sings/plays keyboard for contemporary-Christian band Four24. Dan was formerly Design Director at Big Spaceship, Interactive Director at Happy Cog, and a technical editor for A List Apart.


Falling in Love with Forms 1pm CT

by Aaron Gustafson, Founder and Principal Consultant of Easy! Designs

Forms. Without them, the web would not be what it is today, but they are challenging from a markup and styling standpoint.

In this session, we will explore forms from top to bottom, examining how they work and how their components can be incorporated with other elements to maximize accessibility, improve semantics, and allow for more flexible styling. You'll get to see the complete picture with forms, including

  • new HTML5 field types;
  • validation, error messages & formatting hints;
  • how to mark up and style forms for the greatest flexibility in responsive designs; and
  • best practices for enhancing forms with JavaScript.

About Aaron Gustafson

Aaron Gustafson is the founder and principal consultant of Easy! Designs, a web development boutique.

He is also a manager of the Web Standards Project (WaSP) where he helped found Web Standards Sherpa.

He authored Adaptive Web Design, and serves as a technical editor at A List Apart.

He blogs at easy-reader.net.


Web Sherpa Q&A Round Table 3pm CT

by Emily Lewis, Owner, Lead Developer of Bright Umbrella

Hosted by Web Sherpa's Emily Lewis, the Q&A Round Table session allows attendees from all over the world to ask questions with Nicole Fenton, Steve Fisher, and Dan Mall.

About Emily Lewis

Emily is the owner of and lead developer for Bright Umbrella, a small web design and development studio. A standardista at heart, she is an expert in front-end development and specializes in semantics and structured data. Not only is she passionate about the web, Emily is passionate about community, serving as Managing Editor for Web Standards Sherpa and co-hosting the acclaimed CTRL+CLICK CAST. Emily is also the the author of Microformats Made Simple and a contributing author for the HTML5 Cookbook.

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About the Web Sherpa Summit 2015

For the last four years, Web Standards Sherpa has been publishing insightful best practices guides and answering pressing questions for Web professionals across the globe. On April 2nd, the the Sherpa base camp will be permanently closing its doors, but we want its legacy to live on. All proceeds from this event will go toward permanently housing Sherpa content for posterity.

Why attend the online conference?
  • Attending a conference online means no travel hassle!
  • Bring the experts live to your desktop!
  • Time spent on the road is better spent instead in the office or with family, friends!
  • Sessions are developed to dive deeper into the material!
  • Ask questions directly to the speakers!
  • Can't make it the day of the conference? Watch the recordings whenever you want!
★ Free Recordings

Can't make it the day of the conference? Recordings are part of registration, so you can watch the recordings whenever you want!

Within five business days after the event, we email you information on how to view recorded sessions.

Testimonials from
This conference was a load of fun. I loved the instant feedback from the speakers and the atmosphere.

John-David Dalton
Web Application Developer
& Web Performance Summit Attendee

I love these online conferences. It's convenient and you can still learn a lot from the comfort of your home or at work.

Candi Ligutan
5by5.tv Producer

An absolutely fantastic event. Well done—will definitely be back for more!

Russ Weakley
Chair of Web Standards Group
& CSS Summit Attendee

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Once you are registered, you will receive a follow-up email to confirm your reservation. Later on, as the event draws near, you will receive a more detailed message, with the full schedule and other helpful information to help you take full advantage of your conference-going experience and plan your day.

On the day of the conference, you will receive an email invitation about 45 minutes before everything starts. Click on the enclosed link to sign in and enter the virtual meeting space. Once you are signed in, you'll be able to see and hear the presentations as they happen, ask questions as needed and chat with the other attendees if you like!

Technical Specifications: to attend The Summit, you will need a modern web browser and a recent version of the Adobe Flash Player. Follow this link to run our system diagnostic (opens in a new window). It will let you know right away which plug-ins, if any, you will need to update before the event.

Still have questions? Drop us a line or contact us at e4h@heatvision.com if there's anything else you'd like to know.