Upcoming web accessibility workshops

In July, the Department of Internal Affairs will be holding three free workshops on web accessibility for content authors and developers. One of the workshops will be held in Wellington, and two in Auckland.

Space is limited, especially for the Wellington workshop on accessibility for developers, so please RSVP below for the workshop(s) you plan to attend. 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.

1. Web accessibility for developers, 6 July 2017 (Wellington)

Note: This workshop is open to developers from the private sector only.

Facilitator: Jason Kiss, Senior Advisor, Department of Internal Affairs

In this 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 disclosure widgets, tabbed interfaces, accordions, modal dialogues, menus, etc.

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, where, and RSVP

1:30 – 4:00pm, Thursday 6 July 2017

TradeMe
2 Market Lane
Wellington 6011

RSVP for Web accessibility for developers (Wellington)

2. Web accessibility for content authors, 14 July 2017 (Auckland)

Facilitator: Katherine Barcham, Content Designer, Department of Internal Affairs

Note: This workshop is open to all, including central and local government employees, private sector vendors, and the general public.

Learn about common web content accessibility problems, whom they affect and how, and get some practical ways to identify and fix them. Everyone who uses your site will benefit from your new insights.

You’ll learn, among other things, about:

  • semantic structure
  • link text
  • image text alternatives
  • video captions and transcripts

Hands-on

Bring a laptop if you want a chance to apply what you learn. It will save time if you’ve already got Chrome installed with the Web Developer extension.

When, where, and RSVP

10:00am – 12:30pm, Friday 14 July 2017

The University of Auckland Business School
Floor 0, Room 92
Owen G Glenn Building
12 Grafton Road
Auckland 1010

RSVP for Web accessibility for content authors (Auckland)

3. Web accessibility for developers, 14 July 2017 (Auckland)

Note: This workshop is open to all, including central and local government employees, private sector vendors, and the general public.

Facilitator: Jason Kiss, Senior Advisor, Department of Internal Affairs

The programme for this workshop is the same as the 6 July Web accessibility for developers workshop in Wellington.

When, where, and RSVP

1:30 – 4:00pm, Friday 14 July 2017

The University of Auckland Business School
Floor 0, Room 92
Owen G Glenn Building
12 Grafton Road
Auckland 1010

RSVP for Web accessibility for developers (Auckland)

Acknowledgements

A great big thanks to the University of Auckland and TradeMe for supporting these workshops, providing the venues, and morning/afternoon tea.

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