Inclusive Design 24 (#ID24) 15 May 2014
A 24-Hour Online Community Event Celebrating Global Accessibility Awareness Day
Sponsored by The Paciello Group and Adobe
Everyone has a role to play – what’s yours?
Inclusive Design 24 celebrates efforts worldwide to ensure people with disabilities have full and equal access to
the web. We invite you to join the celebration and connect with the accessibility community, and learn your role
in moving accessibility forward. Together we can take great strides toward making a web for everyone.
To celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness Day, The
Paciello Group will be holding 24 one-hour webinars on all things accessibility. The sessions range from
beginner-to-advanced and are aimed at everyone from executives to web developers. View the schedule below to learn more and sign up now to reserve
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These 5 Changes Will Advance Inclusive Design
#ID24 and GAAD are all about user inclusion and common sense accessibility. Come
see how 5 changes will ensure that we get there tomorrow...
For 30 years, Mike Paciello, founder and president of The Paciello Group,
has pioneered the field of accessible interface design as a technologist, consultant, author and
professional speaker. His internationally best-selling book, Web Accessibility for People with Disabilities,
remains the definitive standard reference for accessibility design, implementation and usability.
In 2006, Mike, along with colleague Jim Tobias, was appointed co-chair to the United States Federal Access
Board’s Telecommunications and Electronic and Information Technology Advisory Committee (TEITAC). On April
3rd 2008, TEITAC
presented a historic series of internationally harmonized recommendations that will bridge the gap between
technology and people with disabilities.
WearAbility: the connection between accessibility and wearable computers
Find out what is possible with wearable computers and accessibility. This presentation will introduce wearable computers and devices and their use as assistive technology. Learn how wearable computers are providing hands free controls and augmenting visual and audio experience.
Ted Drake is an experienced front-end engineer, developer
evangelist, and accessibility expert. Ted leads the accessibility efforts
for Intuit's desktop, web, and mobile products. Previously, Ted worked on
some of the most viewed web sites on the Yahoo! network and participated
in the development of many products, platforms, and applications. He
worked with products to improve mobile accessibility, both HTML5 and iOS,
within Yahoo's Accessibility Lab.
Hans Hillen Dealing with High Contrast Mode, Custom Stylesheets, and Icon Fonts
As the Web keeps evolving at a faster pace, accessibility best practices tend to
lag behind. Something as basic and fundamental as an accessible image can still turn out to be quite a
challenge when popular development techniques seem to move away from traditional HTML images more and more.
In this session we will discuss how such changes in web development can negatively affect accessibility,
particularly in relation to user personalisation tools such as high contrast mode and custom user
styesheets. Solutions and workarounds for dealing with such issues will be provided.
Hans Hillen is a Distinguished Accessibility Engineer at The Paciello Group
(TPG) where he started working in 2006. Since then he has been active as a TPG consultant and developer to
help companies deal with accessibility challenges on a practical level. Hans' expertise with with WAI-ARIA
solutions has helped many projects become more accessible.
Web accessibility – the Australian experience
Australia adopted WCAG 1.0 in 2000 with great expectations, but the expected
improvements were limited. When WCAG 2.0 was released, Australia was again an early adopter, endorsing it as
the coordinated Government standard in 2009. The difference with the adoption of WCAG 2.0 was the
preparation of national plan for government adoption that has driven extensive activity. Andrew Arch will
talk about the Australian Government’s experience with implementing web accessibility – where they’ve come
from, where they’re at, and what the future might hold.
Dr Andrew Arch works in the Australian Government’s Department of Finance. He
is part of the Web Policy team that developed, and is responsible for overseeing the implementation of, the
Web Accessibility National Transition Strategy to assist Australian governments adopt WCAG 2.0. Andrew has a
long history with web accessibility. For many years he managed the Web Accessibility Consulting team at
Vision Australia and more recently spent time with the World Wide Consortium (W3C) in Europe on a project
looking at the overlapping accessibility requirements of older people and people with disabilities.
Introduction to the Web Accessibility Toolbar (WAT)
The Web Accessibility Toolbar (WAT) is a freeware extension for Internet Explorer
which enables developers to manually examine web pages for a variety of aspects of accessibility. This
presentation will consist of a live demonstration of some of the common features of the WAT with respect to
testing the accessibility of images, navigation, structure, forms, and color contrast. The intended audience
is front-end web developers, as well as web accessibility consultants keen to expand their existing toolset.
The toolbar can be downloaded from the TPG website:
Graeme Coleman is an accessibility consultant for The Paciello Group (TPG).
Graeme joined TPG in October 2013 from the School of Computing at the University of Dundee, where he
combined his roles as a postgraduate researcher and accessibility consultant responsible for
conducting numerous web accessibility audits and providing hands-on training in creating accessible
Why WCAG is not enough
Many countries agree that WCAG 2.0 is the minimum requirement of web
accessibility. But what does that mean for other target groups than AT-users? Content, language, cognition
and touch screens are just a couple of the things that the guidelines do not cover. Where does it lead if
the narrow and tech-oriented WCAG is used as the goal instead of the base line?
Susanna Laurin, CEO at Swedish accessibility consultant, has been working for many years with issues around
diversity, inclusion and disabilities. She is a board member of the International Association of
Accessibility Professionals that Funka has co-funded and a popular lecturer travelling around the world.
Susanna is active in standardisation groups on national and international level and she is often debating
human rights and accessibility as well as writing articles on the subjects. At Funka since 2003, she still
likes to be involved in customer assignments, especially when it comes to methodology and user involvement.
Susanna has a background from the IRIS Group owned by the organisation of visually impaired in Sweden and
the Independent Living Institute.
Armony Altinier AccessiWeb Methodology
Applying accessibility rules in a moving Web requires to use a methodology. In
France, the main part of accessibility professionals use the AccessiWeb Methodology, based on a simple
principle: one question, only one possible answer. Let's have a look on how it works.
Armony Altinier is the founder of ACS Horizons Ltd and the coordinator of “Liberté 0”, a network that
promotes a digital world free and accessible to everyone. Armony is as well a Free Software activist and a
digital accessibility consultant and trainer. She loves sharing her passion for an inclusive Web in France
and around the world in different ways: writing books and articles, giving talks, coordinating barcamps.
What modern web apps sound like
Marco zehe demonstrates what modern web apps built with HTML5 and WAI-ARIA sound
like to a screen reader user. He demonstrates how the interaction works with some very common web sites like
Twitter or Facebook, and gives a glimpse into some more involved ones like Google Drive.
Marco Zehe is Mozilla's accessibility QA engineer and evangelist. He previously worked at an assistive
technology vendor and knows the worlds of a browser and that of a screen reader very well. He is also blind
usable, and example implementations showing how to manage interactivity within applications.
Ian Pouncey is a Senior Accessibility Specialist and Web Developer at the
BBC, writing standards, guidelines, and training material, and advising developers and designers on creating
accessible websites and applications. He has been working on the Web for over fourteen years, building a
wide range of websites, from small sites for local businesses to the 'Metro' version of the Yahoo! home page
and the framework on which all BBC web pages are built. He is the author of Beginning CSS: Cascading Style
Sheets for Web Design, 3rd Edition, a W3C HTML Accessibility Task Force member, and web accessibility
So How Do I Know if my Website is Accessible?
The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (known as WCAG2.0) are a great resource
for those building accessible websites. But they can be a bit daunting if you're new to accessibility, or
not really technical. This talk sets out a series of yes/no questions that anyone can answer about their own
website to get a feel for the level of accessibility. A couple of free and easy to use tools are introduced
to help with answering the questions. Whilst the questions don't cover every aspect of web accessibility, if
you can answer all these questions correctly, your website is going to be more accessible than many.
Graham Armfield is a Web Accessibility Consultant with Coolfields Consulting.
He helps organisations, large and small, to understand and improve the accessibility of their websites. He
is also a web developer, using WordPress to build effective accessible websites for companies and charities.
Graham actively contributes to the WordPress Accessibility Team, and has spoken on accessibility at many
WordPress WordCamps and meetup groups.
When he's not doing all that, Graham is a guitarist and singer songwriter – playing his way round the open
mic nights in Surrey. He's also a fan of real ale.
Accessibility starts with UX
Henny will take a look at how BBC are turning accessibility - a bolt on developer
and accessibility specialist silo - into fluid, integrated, inclusive design. With a goal of making
products not just accessible but also fun and engaging for all users, she will spotlight how the needs of
disabled users are not so different to that of all users in a world of multiple inputs, platforms and
Henny has worked in accessibility for 13 years and specialises in mobile and video on demand. Currently at BBC she works on iPlayer, standards and guidelines and media player accessibility.
The Drupal Accessibility Advantage: It's all about starting with Core
The key strength that Drupal has brought to accessibility is that we've worked to
fix problems at the source. Rather than addressing them in a site specific environment we work to fix the
defaults so that it will be accessible. In this presentation we'll talk about some of the improvements we
centralized and in many ways solved for sites using Drupal. Although the examples are very specific to this
one CMS, the general approaches can be adopted by any open source framework.
Mike Gifford is the founder and president of OpenConcept Consulting Inc,
which he started in 1999. Since then he has been active in developing and enhancing open source content
management systems to facilitate client control over their content. Passionate about building communities of
collaboration, Mike and his team at OpenConcept have worked with several national government &
non-government organizations. They have effectively delivered large projects like websites for PWGSC's Buy &
Sell, the City of Ottawa and the Standard's Council of Canada and have consulted for numerous other
government departments over the years.
Rock & roll guide to HTML5 & ARIA
Understanding where accessibility fits into the technology stack makes it easier
to create robust websites and web applications. In this talk Léonie will look at the relationship between
the browser and assistive technologies, at the relationship between HTML5 and ARIA, and walk through some
useful HTML5 and ARIA design patterns.
After many years as Director of Accessibility at Nomensa, Léonie Watson is
now a Senior Accessibility Engineer with The Paciello Group (TPG) and owner of LJ Watson Consulting. Amongst
other things she is Chair of the British Computer Association of the Blind (BCAB), writes for .Net magazine,
and is a member of the W3C HTML Working Group and HTML Accessibility Task Force. She even appears every now
and then on TV and radio to talk about technology.
Creating Accessible Documents with Microsoft Word (Windows)
Microsoft Word: The application that typically causes people to cringe and strikes
fear into almost everyone who has to use it.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. When Word is set up in a way that optimizes your workflow, you can
create more accessible documents. (And if a Word document is more accessible, then the resulting PDF is more
likely to be more accessible.)
During this 60-minute demonstration, I will show you how to create accessible documents (along with some
tricks to setting up Microsoft Word to make it easier to use).
Char James-Tanny, who has more than thirty years of experience as a technical
communicator, will present this session. She speaks around the world on topics including accessibility, Help
authoring concepts and tools, social media, web standards, collaboration, and technology. Char is the
Primary Coordinator for the annual Boston Accessibility Unconference, a member of the Boston Accessibility
Group, and was a Microsoft MVP from 2002 to 2013. She has written four books.
This talk covers two different topics... Matthew takes a look at the problems with HTML4 and HTML5 headings, and demonstrates one potential solution that could solve everything. He then explores progressive enhancement and how it can be used to solve one of the biggest challenges he faces as a screen magnification user.
Using the aViewer accessibility object inspection tool
Run through aViewer features and how it can be used to test the accessibility
information exposed in web content.
Steven is a TPG Distinguished Accessibility Engineer. He joined The Paciello
Group in 2006 and was previously a Senior Web Accessibility Consultant at vision australia. He is the
creator and lead developer of the Web Accessibility Toolbar accessibility testing tool. Steve is a member of
several groups, including the W3C HTML Working Group and the W3C Protocols and Formats Working Group. He is
an editor of several specifications at the W3C including HTML 5.1, Using WAI-ARIA in HTML and HTML5:
Techniques for providing useful text alternatives. He also develops and maintains HTML5accessibility.com
Accessibility of Web Components
Many people are talking about Web Components, a series of new specifications moving through the W3C and into
modern browsers. The goals of Web Components include built-in encapsulation, templating and the ability to
create your own HTML tags. (<taco-button>, anyone?) Before we create the next generation of soulless
<div> tags, however, we should consider the role of semantics in shiny, new technologies. In this
Seattle developer Marcy Sutton will get us thinking about web accessibility in a bleeding-edge way to
illustrate that accessibility conversations don't have to be boring or old-school.
Marcy Sutton is a developer at Substantial, a 60-person product development company in Seattle. She's
also an instructor and co-chair of the Seattle chapter of Girl Develop It, a nonprofit organization
focused on teaching women the skills of software development. She can frequently be found riding a
bicycle or playing frisbee with her dog, who happens to have epic eyebrows.
GMT) Billy Gregory
Things I Wish I Knew When I Started in Digital Accessibility
Looking to fast track your journey into accessibility? This fun and informative
presentation will include examples from Billy’s experiences in the Digital Accessibility space through all
stages of his career, highlighting both his successes and his failures. In addition to Billy’s tips, this
talk contains tips from 20+ recognizable voices in the digital accessibility space. Audience participation
will be encouraged to give attendees an opportunity to share their own experiences or concerns about
entering the digital accessibility space.
Billy Gregory is an Accessibility Engineer with The Paciello Group based out
of Toronto, Canada. Billy is an active participant in the Toronto accessibility community, serving as a
co-organizer of the Toronto Accessibility & Inclusive Design monthly meetup group as well as Accessibility
GMT) Heydon Pickering
Current Page Link Solutions
We've come a long way towards web application accessibility with the adoption of technologies like WAI-ARIA.
Some things never change, though, and the correct way to identify a link to your current location is still
hotly contested. This brief talk will look at various techniques.
Heydon is a UX designer who both prototypes and codes interfaces to be
accessible. He's particularly interested in the relationship between CSS design methodologies and
19:00(19:00 GMT) Makayla Lewis Like It Or Lump It: An Exploration Of Social Media Change And Its Implications For Users With Motor Impairments
Motor Impairment, Cerebral Palsy, Web Accessibility, Social Media and Change
Makayla Lewis has a passion for inductive Human Computer Interaction
research. She completed a PhD in Human-Computer Interaction at City University London’s Centre for HCI
Design in 2012 where she was funded by EPRSC to research online social network experiences and challenges,
specifically change management, from a perspective of end users with motor impairments, especially cerebral
palsy. Makayla uses user-centered design methods to draw out an understanding of how people influence the
management of their data and how they use social networks to extend and maintain this influence.
20:00(20:00 GMT) Mark Sadecki HTML5 Canvas Accessibility
Get a bit of history on the struggle to make the HTML5 Canvas element accessible,
some exciting news about where Canvas accessibility is today and how you can start using these new features
to create accessible, interactive bitmap graphics. Includes a demo of an accessible HTML5 Canvas game.
Mark joined the W3C in March 2013 as the Team Contact for the HTML
Accessibility Task Force, a joint task force of the Protocols and Formats Working Group (PFWG) and the HTML
Working Group (HTML WG) which manages the progress of accessibility solutions in HTML5.
21:00(21:00 GMT) Sarah Horton
Involving People with Disabilities in UX Research
You know accessibility is important and try to follow accessibility guidelines. But how do unlabeled form
fields affect user experience? What's the impact of opening a link in a new tab, or resetting focus to a
search input field? How can you learn the context for these guidelines and make designs that improve
accessible user experience? By including people with disabilities in user research and usability testing.
In this webinar you'll learn:
- Ways to include people with disabilities in UX research
- Things to consider when doing usability testing with people with disabilities
- Accessible UX insights from our research activities
Sarah Horton is interested in exploring ways to improve quality of life
through good design. As director of accessible user experience and design for the The Paciello Group (TPG),
she works with companies and product teams to create “born accessible” digital products and services that
work well for everyone. She is co-author of A Web for Everyone with Whitney Quesenbery and Web Style
Guide with Patrick Lynch.
22:00(23:00 GMT) Alice Boxhall Accessible Web Components using Polymer
Web Components is a set of upcoming web specifications which will allow web
developers to create their own reusable HTML elements. In this talk, I'll demonstrate the techniques we can
use for ensuring that these new elements are as accessible as possible, using the Polymer libraries
, which provide an interface for creating
your own custom elements with a minimum of boilerplate.
Alice Boxhall is a software engineer at Google, where she works on improving
accessibility support in Google Chrome. She is also the creator of the Accessibility Developer Tools
23:00(22:00 GMT) Karl Groves Prioritizing Remediation of Accessibility Issues
Once you have a report from an accessibility consultant, automated tool, or your
QA team, now what? Not all issues are created equal. This session will discuss the various factors which
must be weighed in order to make the most effective use of developer time and effort while also having the
best possible results for your users.
Karl Groves is Senior Technical Lead Accessibility Software Consultant &
Director of Training for the Paciello Group. For over 12 years, Karl has dedicated his professional life to
helping businesses create structurally sound web experiences that are also a delight to use. He has taught
web standards and accessibility best practices to design, development, QA, and product teams from some of
the largest E-Commerce and software companies in the world.