Web Directions aaa 2021

Global, OnlineOctober 29 & November 5

accessibility engineering for front end developers

Day 1

  • October 29th
  • 11:00am–3:00pm Sydney
  • 12:00pm–4:00pm London
  • 1:00pm–5:00pm New York

Accessibility APIs: Where the magic happens!

Adem Cifcioglu, Co-Founder & Director of Accessible Technologies Intopia

Are you coding for accessibility? Have you ever wondered how the accessibility information of the elements you've used and components you're building is exposed to assistive technologies, or why every accessibility person ever says: “Use native elements!”?

With this talk I aim to fill in the blanks by discussing how the Accessibility APIs work together with HTML elements, WAI ARIA and the Accessibility Tree to make the magic happen by extracting accessibility information from web interfaces and presenting it to assistive technologies.

More to give than just the div: semantics and how to get them right

Hidde de Vries, Accessibility specialist hiddedevries.nl

Shared semantics is the web's killer feature that allows developers create accessible experiences. In this talk, Hidde dives into the meaning of semantics (no pun intended), how it improves your site, specific gotchas and the future.

Break time

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Time for a quick break for a cup of coffee or tea. Chat to fellow attendees and speakers. Or visit one of our fantastic partners.

ARIA Spec for the Uninitiated

Gerard K. Cohen, Accessibility Experience Team, Twitter Engineering Manager

Specs are usually not very fun, but I have learned that reading the ARIA specs is important to fully understand all the various options that are available. In this presentation, I will walk you through the ARIA spec and show you how to make the most out of it to create custom components with ARIA.

Deep dive into ARIA

Nicolas Steenhout, Independent accessibility consultant

By now you probably know the first rule of ARIA: Don't use ARIA, unless you really need to. Because sometimes, we do need to use ARIA. But when should we use ARIA? And how should we use it? These questions can leave us high and dry!

This session is more than a simple overview of what ARIA is. It's an in-depth exploration of common ARIA roles, states, properties, and techniques that we can use to increase the accessibility of our web pages or applications. Don't fret, we're not going to dive head first into cold and murky water!

Understanding Live Regions

Ugi Kutluoglu, Accessibility Lead Carbon Health

Live regions help us expose useful information, and notify users with minimal distraction. However, they are frequently misused in many modern Web applications. Ugi will talk about how to create live regions, how to debug them, and rules to make them truly accessible for all.

Refreshment break

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Need a quick breather? Or why not share your thoughts with others attending? We'll be back soon.

What You See Is What I Get

Léonie Watson, Director and co-founder Tetralogical

Ever wondered how screen readers do what they do? Ever wondered what screen readers actually do come to think of it?

Who uses them? What do they sound like? Where do they get their information from? What is it with screen readers and punctuation? And what exactly does my code have to do with it anyway?

Find out all this and more in What You See Is What I Get - one screen reader user's explanation of how it really works.

SpeakingNaturally on Dragons and other alternative navigations

Kate Kalcevich, Head of Services Fable

Accessibility talks typically focus on understanding standards and code, but there’s something that’s more important to understand before you even start thinking about WCAG or ARIA. It’s assistive technology.

What types are there and how do they work? We’ll dive into the lesser know alternative navigation tools like Dragon NaturallySpeaking, switch systems and on screen keyboards. Once you know more about assistive technology you can better understand the impact of following or not following WCAG and you can test that your accessible code actually makes sense.

Intro to Cross Screen Reader Testing

Weston Thayer, Founder Assistiv Labs

There’s a wide variety of screen readers available today — NVDA, JAWS, VoiceOver, Narrator, and TalkBack to name a few. Much like web browsers, each has its own strengths, weaknesses, and unique quirks.

In this talk, we’ll dive into why testing with screen readers is important, the major differences between them, and strategies you can use to prioritize and debug screen reader issues that surface in your accessibility work.

Day 2

  • November 5th
  • 11:00am–3:00pm Sydney
  • 12:00pm–4:00pm London
  • 1:00pm–5:00pm New York

Building the most inaccessible site possible with a perfect Lighthouse score

Manuel Matuzović, Senior Frontend Developer

Google’s built-in testing tool Lighthouse judges the accessibility of our websites with a score between 0 and 100. It’s laudable to try to get a high grading, but a score of 100 doesn’t mean that the site is perfectly accessible. To prove that Manuel Matuzović carried out a little experiment.

The Low-Hanging, High Impact Accessibility Issues For Developers

Samuel Proulx, Accessibility Evangelist Fable

In this talk Samuel Proulx, Accessibility Evangelist at Fable and blind since birth, will walk you through low-effort, high yield opportunities for you to improve accessibility in your apps and websites. It is tailored to developers and will cover major items within the context of the W3C principles, as well as informed by his experiences as a screen reader user and member of a community of people with disabilities

Refreshment break

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Need a quick breather? Or why not share your thoughts with others attending? We'll be back soon.

Forced colors explained

Kilian Valkhof, Founder Polypane

Forced colors, or Windows high contrast mode (a "misnomer", we'll get to that), is a way for browsers to completely overwrite your websites design with a user specified style. The CSS Media query of the same name can help you adapt, or compensate, for this radical change in your sites design. But what should you adapt to, and how? Join Kilian in this talk to explore the what, why and how of forced colors.

Color Contrast and WCAG

Todd Libby, Accessibility Analyst Webstaurant Store

A look into color contrast and WCAG. What are the guidelines, how to achieve those guidelines, tools people can use for color contrast checking, and other tips and tricks to help people understand and achieve great color contrast in their projects.

Accessible SVGs

Heather Migliorisi, Accessibility Program Manager Blackhawk Network

The Scalable Vector Graphic (SVG) is a preferred graphic format to use on the web today. Let’s see how the shift toward using SVG images will impact users of assistive technology (AT) & what you need to do to ensure a great experience for everyone! Attend this talk to learn how to implement accessibility in any type of SVG.

Break time

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Time for a quick break for a cup of coffee or tea. Chat to fellow attendees and speakers. Or visit one of our fantastic partners.

Making Motion Inclusive

Val Head, Senior Design Advocate Adobe

Let's clear the air about animation and inclusive design. It's a common misconception that things like inclusive design and accessibility only come at the cost of design details like motion, but that's just not the case. Whether it's microinteractions, animated illustrations, or larger animated experiences, a little care and consideration can go a long way towards getting the best of both worlds.

In this session Val will show you how to build animated interactions with inclusivity in mind from the start. We'll discuss how to apply web accessibility guidelines to modern web animation, when and how to implement reduced motion, and approaches to building up animated interactions for a solid standards base.

Overlays Underwhelm

Adrian Roselli, Consultant

Accessibility overlays bring promises of accessible sites in one line of code, but experiences from users tell us the opposite. We will look at the guarantees, the marketing efforts, the code efforts, and lived experiences of users.

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Praise for past Web Directions events

Phil Whitehouse
Web Directions is the must-attend event of the year for anyone serious about web development.

Phil Whitehouse,
Innovation Lead DigitasLBi

Ethan Marcotte
I’ve been admiring the Web Directions events for years, and was honored to be part… What a fantastic event!

Ethan Marcotte,
inventor "responsive Web design"

Dave Greiner
Out of any conference, Web Directions is far and away our favourite

Dave Greiner,
founder Campaign Monitor

About Us

Co-founded and now run by John Allsopp, Web Directions has for over 15 years brought together leading developers, engineers, visual, IxD, UX and product designers, Art and Creative Directors, product managers indeed everyone involved in producing web and digital products to learn from one another, and the World's leading experts across this vast field.

We spend our lives thinking about what comes next, keeping up with trends in technology, practices and processes, and filtering the hype, to make sure you don't miss trends that matter, and don't waste time on hype that doesn't.

We promise attending one of our events will leave you significantly better versed in the challenges you face day to day, and in solutions for addressing them.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we're switching things up a bit for 2020, 2021 (and beyond). We're delivering 6 highly focussed front end development conferences online.

We hope our annual extravaganza, Web Directions Summit will take place in Sydney as soon as it is practicable.

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John Allsopp

John Allsopp has been working on the Web for nearly 30 years. He's been responsible for innovative developer tools such as Style Master, X-Ray and many more. He's spoken at numerous conferences around the World and delivered dozens of workshops in that time as well.

His writing includes two books, including Developing With Web Standards and countless articles and tutorials in print and online publications.

His "A Dao of Web Design" published in 2000 is cited by Ethan Marcotte as a key influence in the development of Responsive Web Design, who's acclaimed article in 2010 begins by quoting John in detail, and by Jeremy Keith as "a manifesto for anyone working on the Web".

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