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Wednesday, October 10

2:20pm PDT

Automated Accessibility Testing - Dylan Barrell, Deque
In the last couple of years, the accessibility community has started to change. Awareness is picking up. Major tech and retail companies are talking about and investing in accessibility conferences. There's also more regulations around accessibility, such as the New European directives, the ACAAct, the Ontario AODA, Section 508 and the U.S. ADA. Just as the physical world should be accessible for people with disabilities, it's now time that the internet provides that same equality and opportunity.

In this talk, I will discuss and demo the axe JavaScript ecosystem: the automated, open source accessibility tool which will empower you to take accessibility into your own hands.

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Dylan Barrell

Chief Technology Officer, Deque
Dylan is Deque's Chief Technology Officer and has been focussed on accessibility for almost a decade. He created the first browser-based developer tool for accessibility and is motivated to make accessibility a standard part of the development process.In addition to his work experience... Read More →

Wednesday October 10, 2018 2:20pm - 2:50pm PDT
West Ballroom B
  • Experience Level Any

3:00pm PDT

Designing Accessibility for Other Developers- Sarah Higley, SitePen
The moment you step into any large project or open source venture you must accept that code you write will be used in ways you did not originally intend. Part of creating any good UI library is figuring out how to design it to be flexible enough to suit a range of needs while still baking in best practices. This is especially relevant in the case of accessibility: an area that can be crucial to users but is often overlooked.

Take a journey through an office full of all the developers you never hoped to work with, but will encounter nonetheless: the caveman coder, a contractor here to smash your code until it “works”; the blunderer, a dev who always knows just enough to break your builds; the horde of interns, hired last week to “help”; and finally the inventor: the “let’s just roll our own” developer who will abandon your library if it doesn’t support a host of custom features, plus a pony. Then find out how to hint, nudge, and wrangle them into coding accessible UI components for the good of the web.

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Sarah Higley

JavaScript Developer, SitePen
Sarah Higley is a JavaScript developer at SitePen, currently working on developing widgets for the Dojo 2 web framework. She started working on web accessibility in 2014, and now spends an unhealthy amount of time reading about WCAG updates.

Wednesday October 10, 2018 3:00pm - 3:30pm PDT
West Meeting Room 118-120