Latest Episodes

Hidde de Vries

Your CMS is an accessibility assistant!

Your CMS plays a decisive part in creating accessible content, suggest the Authoring Tools Accessibility Guidelines (ATAG). Whenever a content designer creates content, the CMS could help with the accessibility of it. For instance, when a designer drops in an image, the CMS could point to the ideal text alternative or calculate the consequences for color contrast. In this talk, you will learn more about what ATAG is and how, with ATAG in mind, CMSes can personally assist content editors on their way to a more accessible website.

Martin Underhill

When and how to use the ‘<section>’ element

What on earth is a ‘<section>’ element actually for? How do we use it properly? In what ways is ‘<section>’ different to other elements like ‘<article>’ and ‘<main>’? The answer lies with assistive technologies like screen reader software, and Martin is here to explain all.

Kevin Kalahiki

Usability: the nexus of accessibility and design

As a developer, this scenario might sound familiar: You are puzzling over a design, trying to figure out that perfect combination of semantic markup and ARIA you’ll need to build it. You spend hours on it but the deeper you get, the more you ask yourself, “Does this thing that I’m building even make sense?” You go to the designer to talk it through but end up in an uncomfortable conversation where you’re pretty sure that neither of you understood where the other was coming from. If Accessibility is the practice of designing and building things that can be used by everyone then Accessibility has to be present in the design before it can be built. And what you might not know is that everything you already know about Accessibility can be used as a way to talk about the troubled parts of a design in a way that designers understand. Accessibility and Design are like two languages that share a common root: Usability. In this episode I’ll talk about some common issues and how you can bring them up with your design partners in ways that you’ll both understand.**

Eric Eggert

ARIA Serious?

Knowbility’s Eric Eggert discusses the good, the bad, and the ugly of using Accessible Rich Internet Applications for coding and how important it is for developers to understand the complexities of ARIA before showing it off in the cleverly titled, “ARIA Serious?”.

Doug Schepers

Data Verbalization

In this episode, SVG and dataviz expert Doug Schepers wants to let you know that data visualization doesn’t have to be visual! Don’t assume that a chart or diagram can’t be made accessible. In this talk, you’ll learn how the brain processes data visualizations, how we can leverage this to work with other senses, and tips and best practices for making complex graphical content available to all. We’ll also offer a direct comparisonon different tools and software that make it easy to accessibilify your diagrams.

Rian Rietveld

What makes an accessible card?

What makes an accessible card? In this August 2019 edition, Rian Rietveld discusses the considerations for creating an accessible card from the basics of construction through title, thumbnail, date, excerpt, tags, categories and read more link.

Eric Bailey

Performance and the Accessibility Tree

Accessibility is a practice that touches on many aspects of good web design and development, including performance. In this talk, Boston based designer Eric Bailey highlights opportunities and techniques to improve your website or web app’s performance by embracing an accessible, inclusive mindset.

Mallory van Achterberg

Designing and coding for low vision

Mallory van Achterberg, senior accessibility consultant for Tenon.io, discusses the dos and don’ts of designing and coding for low vision.

Michele Williams

Conducting Accessibility User Research: What’s Really Needed?

Michele Williams, PhD, Senior UX Researcher for Accessibility at Pearson’s Higher Education Department, discusses effective usability testing and research in a presentation entitled, “Conducting Accessibility User Research: What’s Really Needed?”

Shell Little

Dark Adventures in Mobile Accessibility

Shell explains why the mobile space is so difficult to work in and provides concrete examples of things that would technically pass in WCAG, but are really bad experience for users with various disabilities with a focus on cognitive disabilities.

Adam Spencer

PDF/UA and WCAG 2.1: Always Complimentary

One of the greatest misconceptions in the world of document accessibility is, “my document needs to be WCAG compliant.” Adam Spencer explores the similarities, differences and language that needs to be understood when making PDF documents accessible and compliant for PDF/UA.

Jared Smith

Accessibility Mechanics

Jared Smith, Associate Director of WebAIM, discusses the interplay between page content (including ARIA), browser parsing/rendering, accessibility APIs, and assistive technology – something that is increasingly important for developers to have a sense of when implementing and testing accessibility.

Thomas Logan

Single switch usability.

Thomas Logan, founder and CEO of Equal Entry, discusses single switch usability and its applications across technology, specificially the Google Song Maker app.

Gerard Cohen

Making custom selects accessible.

“But that’s impossible,” you might say! They’re too hard to make accessible, just use a native select! Well, that’s all true but that didn’t stop Gerard from trying & not just for the sake of styling, but to provide a better UX. Find out how he did it!

Nicolas Steenhout

Making a Podcast WCAG 2.1 Compliant

Nicolas Steenhout, host of A11y Rules, a podcast about web accessibility, discusses how he made his podcast and its accompanying website more accessible.