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Extreme design

  • Monday, April 4, 2016, 2:00 pm Pacific
  • Location: TBD

How can we be sure we’re creating the best design experiences possible? It turns out that creating great experiences for a particular subset of our users—people with disabilities—results in better designs for everyone. Focusing relentlessly on accessibility helps us think of extreme scenarios and ask questions like, “How can we make this work vision-free?” and, “How can this work with the least amount of typing?” Explore multiple methods of extremifying your designs—stressing them in ways they haven’t been stressed before—to illuminate opportunities for innovation, efficiency, and excellence that lead to great designs for everyone.

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Real world accessibility for HTML5 and ARIA

  • Wednesday, April 6, 2016, 9:00 am Pacific
  • Location: TBA

This is an all-day workshop, running from 9am until 4pm.

HTML 5 and ARIA are both great tools—but in order for them to be reliably accessible, you need to know the nitty-gritty, get-your-hands-dirty, practical side. Where does HTML5 fall down in terms of accessibility? How well is ARIA supported, and what do you do when it isn’t?

If you’re asking these questions, or didn’t know you should be asking them, this day-long workshop with Derek will clear everything right up. You’ll be better prepared to deliver accessible solutions now and in the future. You’ll walk away with a set of planning worksheets, plus an action plan to integrate more accessibility into your existing or new projects, so you can make sure your sites and web apps are accessible to as many people as you can. You know: the 650 million people worldwide who have disabilities.

You'll learn:

  • The accessibility pitfalls and strengths of HTML5
  • Practical solutions and workarounds that help you use HTML5 right now and maintain your accessibility standards
  • Why we need ARIA to build accessible, usable web sites and applications
  • How ARIA works in real world examples
  • What ARIA can and can’t do, with special attention to cases where ARIA isn’t supported at all
  • How to create an action plan for adding ARIA to your existing and new sites and applications
  • A solid test plan that helps ensure you’ve examined every accessibility aspect for a solution

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