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Introduction to Web Accessibility – Andrew Macpherson
Accessibility has always been a key goal of the Web – making information and services available everywhere, through a variety of interfaces to suit anyone. Yet 25 years on, websites are often difficult (or impossible) for many people to use, while accessibility skills and awareness are too thinly spread across professional design and developer communities.
This session will be an introduction to web accessibility, aimed at helping designers, developers, and content managers get started on the road to building inclusive, accessible websites. Topics will include:
- Who benefits? A quick look at the spectrum of ability, a range of hurdles, and an amazing collection of gadgets.
- What “semantic” HTML really means, and why it’s at the core of any accessible experience.
- How the use of colour affects web accessibility.
- The keyboard-only experience, and the importance of focus styles.
- How to interact with a web page using a screen reader.
Andrew is a Drupal developer based in Leeds, and a contributor to the Drupal project where he mainly works on accessibility improvements to Drupal core software.
Second half – Q&A and open discussion.
The second half of the session will be an open discussion. Perhaps you have some interesting accessibility questions you would like to ask Andrew about, or maybe just a general WordPress question you would like answering that we can put to the whole room.
We’re going to open up online submissions for questions 1 week before the event so we can be a little more organised and hit the ground running on the night. Keep an eye out on twitter or the mailing list for more information.
- 6:00pm: Doors open for discussion and refreshments
- 6:15pm: Introduction and welcome
- 6:20pm: WordPress news from Tim Nash
- 6:30pm: Andrew MacPherson – Website Accessibility
- 7:10pm: Break for refreshments
- 7:20pm: Discussions
- 8:00pm: Event finishes
After the event, we will be heading to a nearby pub for further discussion and drinks.
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