Web accessibility for developers — a free workshop

To help vendors develop more accessible websites and web apps for the NZ Government, I will be delivering another free workshop on web accessibility for developers. Front-end developers working in the private sector are invited to come along and learn about building accessible user interface components.

Note: If you are an NZ Government employee, please do not register for this workshop. We will be offering this and similar workshops internally for NZ Government employees in the near future.

Programme

The workshop is in two parts, with a short break in between. During the workshop, we’ll review how HTML5, browsers, accessibility APIs, and assistive technologies work together. We'll look at how different users expect to interact with different interface components. And we’ll discuss what ARIA is and what it brings to the mix, including:

  • HTML5 semantic elements and ARIA landmarks
  • aria-label, aria-labelledby, aria-describedby
  • focus management, tabindex, keyboard access
  • avoiding ARIA misuse.

We’ll also take a closer look at how ARIA can be applied to improve the accessibility of some common UI interaction patterns and widgets, such as:

  • hiding/showing and expanding/collapsing content
  • tabbed interfaces, accordions, carousels
  • modal dialog windows
  • menus.

Hands-on

We’ll be working through actual code examples in the workshop. Bring a laptop so that you can play along.

For Windows users, consider pre-installing the NVDA screen reader and AViewer.

For Mac OS X users, try getting familiar with VoiceOver and install the Accessibility Inspector that comes with XCode.

When and where

Friday 16 June
2:00 – 4:30pm
Boost, Level 5, 57-59 Courtenay Place, Wellington

Space is extremely limited, so please RSVP. If you do register for the event, but then can't make it, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can offer your place to someone else.

Acknowledgements

Many thanks to Boost for supporting this workshop and providing the venue and afternoon tea.

2 comments

  1. Comment #1. Paul Murray:

    Hi Jason, this is great and I will encourage suppliers to come along. However, I was wondering whether you had any plans to run something similar in Auckland, and possibly Christchurch?

  2. Comment #2. Jason Kiss

    Thanks, Paul. We are currently planning a repeat of this workshop, as well as one on accessibility for content designer and authors, in Auckland. We will announce those here when they are confirmed. Right now we don’t have any workshops planned for Christchurch, but would be happy to consider it if anyone down there wants to host us.

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