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JavaScript and Accessibility: How to Create Interface Magic for Everyone

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September 25, 2012 7:30 AM

Richmond, VA

Richmond, VA

You may have heard that screen readers don’t understand JavaScript. Or that JavaScript just isn’t accessible. But those statements are flat out wrong. In fact, JavaScript can be used to make things MORE accessible – to create interface magic for everyone.

In this session, you’ll get a better understanding of how the voodoo known as assistive technology — screen readers, magnifiers, voice recognition and other software – works with JavaScript. You’ll see the top 3 traps that developers fall into when using JavaScript, and we’ll walk you through strategies and techniques to avoid them. Then we’ll show you how to move beyond providing accessibility at a technical level so that you can start delivering interface magic using JavaScript that makes your designs more accessible and easier for everyone to use, including people with disabilities.

Join Derek Featherstone as he helps you learn:

-How to ensure your interface is easy to understand, especially for people that can’t see it. -How to test for full keyboard accessibility. -The top 3 accessibility traps to avoid when using JavaScript on your site. -How to avoid creating the dreaded turducken of bad interface design -You’ll leave this session with a better understanding of the relationship between JavaScript and Accessibility, and clear direction on what you should encourage and avoid in your design and development cycle.

Want an in-depth exploration of web accessibility? Then check out Derek’s half-day workshop: Accessibility for the Modern Web.

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