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Selfish Accessibility

Session scheduled at 9:30-10:20 in Room 2 (Swain)

We can all pretend that we’re helping others by making web sites and software accessible, but we are really making them better for our future selves. Learn some fundamentals of accessibility and how it can benefit you (whether future you from aging or you after something else limits your abilities). We’ll review simple testing techniques, basic features and enhancements, coming trends, and where to get help. This isn’t intended to be a deep dive, but more of an overall primer for those who aren’t sure where to start nor how it helps them.

Takeaways:

  • Broader context for how all users are or will be disabled, whether temporarily or permanently.
  • Basic tests and best practices that can be integrated into development team workflows to make interfaces accessible.
  • Introduction to standards and tools already available.

Attendee skill level: Minimal and some skill level in accessibility

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Presented By

Adrian Roselli

Adrian is a member of the W3C Web Platform Working Group, W3C Accessible Rich Internet Applications Working Group, and W3C Accessibility Task Force. He has written articles for trade journals, web sites, and participated as an author and editor on five web-related books. Back in 1998 he co-founded a software development consulting firm before leaving at the start of 2016 to start all over. Some may recognize Adrian from his days helping to run evolt.org, one of the first communities for web developers. Adrian has been developing for the Web since 1993.

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