July 15, 2018 — According to the U.S. Department of Education and the National Institute of Literacy, 21 percent of adults in the U.S. read below a 5th grade level. While we are making great strides towards a web that is accessible to everyone, this population still remains largely under-served. How can we modify our understanding of “digital a11y” to include users with literacy challenges? This session will begin with a broad discussion of accessibility, for those who may be new to the topic, and then move into what we can do to meet the needs of specific users, with a focus on those who can’t read, read poorly, or read English as a second language. Participants will engage in a series of exercises designed to illustrate the importance of website accessibility, build empathy and understanding for multiple user communities, and develop skills to make more useful websites.
June 20, 2018 — In this session, we examine the NC State Accessibility Helper, a homegrown plugin that makes accessibility testing a part of WordPress. We will discuss common issues reported by users of assistive technology and how those issues are introduced when creating content. We will then discuss how our plugin addresses these issues using an open source accessibility testing engine called aXe.
June 17, 2018 — This talk will provide an overview of web accessibility standards and will demonstrate how to use existing tools to ensure your themes, plugins, and content are compliant with those standards. This talk is designed for WordPress developers of all skill levels who want the sites they create and manage to be as accessible as possible. Topics will include: Selling your clients (and yourself) on web accessibility, an introduction to WordPress accessibility guidelines for theme and plugin developers, an overview of manual and automated accessibility testing tools, common accessibility pitfalls to avoid, and where to learn more about web accessibility tools and standards.
May 29, 2018 — Over 15 million U.S. Internet users have some form of impairment that affects their ability to use the Internet.
In this talk, we will share some simple ways to improve your site’s accessibility. These changes help everyone. As an extra bonus, accessibility improves your search engine optimization (SEO).
By the end of this session, you will be able…
1. To understand why accessibility is helpful for everyone.
2. To help make your website better for the visually impaired.
3. To help make your website better for the hearing impaired.
4. To help make your website better for the mobility impaired.
5. To improve your website SEO.
April 11, 2018 — มาตรฐานเว็บไซต์ภาครัฐ ตัวอย่างผลการตรวจประเมิณเว็บไซต์หน่วยงานราชการ และ เล่าเรื่องงานพัฒนาเว็บไซต์เพื่อผู้พิการตามมาตรฐาน WCAG
February 21, 2018 — Unfortunately, when developing WCAG2, the Working Group did not envision the current world where mobile is almost ubiquitous. For example, on a mobile device there is no continual access to a keyboard (unless someone is using it as an add-on to the device – or using a Blackberry Classic). WCAG2 requires that all content be accessible to the keyboard interface, but it does not require that all content be accessible to a mouse or to a touchscreen user – which is essential on a mobile device. Gian Wild talks about the unique accessibility issues on a mobile site and mobile app, including hover traps, VoiceOver swipe traps and zoom traps.
Accessibility is important to all – not everyone using your mobile app, device or wearable will be fully functioning: either because they have a disability or they are simply engaged elsewhere. Gian Wild talks about the things that are essential to avoid when designing mobile apps, devices and wearables to ensure that everyone can use them.
This is a fun talk, with lots of gasps and laughter. It is example after example of mobile accessibility fails – but they just look like mobile fails! In this way I try and stress that a usability issue is really an accessibility issue, and making a mobile site accessible actually makes it usable too.
I talk about specific mobile accessibility features: pinch zoom, native screen readers, haptic keyboard etc, and system accessibility settings: font size, screen rotation, high contrast etc
I outline the major things that need to be considered when dealing with a mobile site or mobile app:
Autoplay and movement
On-screen keyboard traps, hover traps, VoiceOver swipe traps, Touch traps
Inherited system settings
Pixellation on zoom
Touch target size
Spacing between touch targets
January 29, 2018 — Creating an accessible website or plugin is a team effort and not only the responsibility of the designer or the developer.
In this talk Rian gives you starting points, dos and don’ts, references to good resources, code and design examples, and easy test tools.
But most of all, she wants to change your point of view. The way you look at a website will never be the same.
January 10, 2018 — The number of companies facing legal action for inaccessible websites is on the rise. Inaccessible websites and digital content can limit access for users with disabilities. While automated evaluation is not an adequate substitute for accessibility testing, WordPress users can employ web accessibility evaluation tools to help determine if their content is accessible to users with disabilities. This session will provide an overview of several free WordPress plugins and web-based tools. Designers, developers, and content creators can utilize these tools to evaluate websites against recognized guidelines and create a better user experience.
In this presentation I will outline a few key points to keep in mind when you are designing your next beautiful website or theme. I will illustrate the points with some good (and bad) examples.
Good design and web accessibility can go hand in hand – come and find out how.
I have previously presented this talk at WordCamp London 2017 and WordCamp Bristol 2017, WordCamp Edinburgh and a couple of WP meetup groups.