Listen to the Difference: Using a Screenreader to Compare Before/After Code of 5 Top a11y Barriers

Nic Steenhout (20.Apr.2018 at 16:15, 50 min)
Talk at Longhorn PHP Conference 2018 (English - US)

Rating: 5 of 5

This presentation will demonstrate what the top five accessibility barriers are for screenreader users. Working with VoiceOver, a screen reader for the Mac, we will interact with problematic code to get a good idea of what the issues are. We will then discuss simple rewrites to improve accessibility. We will compare the behaviour of the improved code to the old one.

Using a combination of real-world examples and code snippets, we will go through problematic alternate text, poorly labelled forms, lack of headings, badly formed data tables, and keyboard navigation.

You will gain a greater understanding of web accessibility barriers, and acquire some specific ideas on how to resolve them.

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Rating: 5 of 5

20.Apr.2018 at 17:13 by Darren Wright (29 comments) via Web2 LIVE

Great presentation, content was very informative.

Rating: 5 of 5

20.Apr.2018 at 17:57 by Wun Chiou (8 comments) via Web2 LIVE

The presentation format (playing the live screen reader on his presentation slide site) was great, and the content was very informative.

Rating: 5 of 5

20.Apr.2018 at 18:32 by Chris Holland (16 comments) via Web2 LIVE

Very informative and interesting

Rating: 5 of 5

21.Apr.2018 at 09:57 by Max Schwanekamp (95 comments) via Web2 LIVE

Focused talk that illustrated how screenreaders interact with web pages and simple changes we can make to our HTML output to improve screenread users' experience. One thing I'd wish for is incorporating a mobile device screenreader to experience.

Rating: 5 of 5

21.Apr.2018 at 16:48 by Jessica Mauerhan (44 comments) via Web2 LIVE

This was so informative, I have never heard a screenreader before so it was neat to learn how people really use them. Great tips for making your content more accessible! I'd love to hear more talks by Nic!

Rating: 5 of 5

22.Apr.2018 at 02:08 by Buster Neece (6 comments) via Web2 LIVE

Accessibility should always be alongside security and sustainability at the top of everyone's priorities when building a web application, so I always love to see the subject get first-class billing at a conference. In this case, the presenter made excellent use of the allotted time, not only running quickly through a number of common frustrating scenarios for visually impaired screen reader users and pointing attendees in the right direction, but actually showing us first-hand what the screen reader "sees", bringing the real-world impact of poor accessibility very clearly to the forefront.

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