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Monday, October 13 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
CSS, Accessibility, and You #a11ycss

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When most people think about accessibility, they think about HTML as the foundation for accessibility. It makes perfect sense -- strong semantic HTML has a huge impact on a visually impaired person using a screen reader.

But, what about people with other disabilities? The truth is, there are many more people with low-vision out there than there are blind. There are more fully-sighted keyboard users in the wild than there are non-sighted keyboard users. And there are a huge number of other disabilities that most people don’t even consider when they build their sites and applications. In order to provide the best of user experience to people of all abilities, we must move beyond “write great HTML and you’ll be accessible.” To do that, we use CSS.

In this session, we’ll share with you some of the most significant accessibility challenges we face when it comes to the web today and share with you solutions for addressing those head on with the CSS you write. You’ll learn all about the issues, AND know what to do about them. Learn:

  • the accessibility issues with using CSS background images
  • how to wrangle the potential negative effects of your animations and parallax
  • how to ensure sighted keyboard users don’t get lost on your site or app
  • the implications of responsive web design on accessibility
  • strategies for ensuring your site works well with custom user stylesheets and browser settings

and more…

Speakers
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Derek Featherstone

Derek Featherstone has been working as a web professional for 15 years and is an internationally-known speaker and authority on accessibility and web design. He leads the team at Simply Accessible, based in Ottawa, Canada. He always puts the user first and strives to make the web a better place by designing experiences that are easy to use for everyone, including people with disabilities. Derek's ideal accessible experience combines engaging... Read More →


Monday October 13, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Iberville Room