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.
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Job will discuss the dreaded CAPTCHA in a talk entitled, "Human Determination: the methods and ethics of automated Turing tests."
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?".
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.