Accessibility workshops in Auckland

On 5 September 2017, the Department of Internal Affairs will be holding 2 free workshops in Auckland on web accessibility for content authors and developers. These workshops replace the 2 that were originally scheduled for 14 July, but cancelled due to weather.

Both of these workshops are open to all, including central and local government employees, private sector vendors, and the general public.

Please RSVP below for the workshop(s) you plan to attend.

1. Web accessibility for content authors

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

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, Tuesday 5 September 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 in Auckland

2. Web accessibility for developers, 5 September 2017

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, Tuesday 5 September 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 in Auckland

Acknowledgements

A great big thanks to the University of Auckland for making these workshops happen, providing a venue, and supplying morning and afternoon tea.

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