Accessibility is a moving target

Scheduled at 8:00am in Governors Square 10 on Wednesday, November 17.

#34470

Speaker(s)

  • AmyJune Hineline, Community Ambassador and QA Engineer, Kanopi Studios

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 1-hr
  • Format: Lecture
  • Expertise Level: Beginner
  • Type of session: General Conference

Summary

Despite our best efforts, it’s difficult to future proof a website for accessibility standards. Your code and design may follow current standards, but will your careful compliance become obsolete when new guidelines are released?

We will review a holistic approach for the complete lifecycle of an accessible website —including how to iterate on existing content without impacting the hard work you put in during the build. Much like SEO...your work is never done.

Abstract

Despite our best efforts, it’s difficult to future proof a website for accessibility standards. Your code and design may follow current standards, but will your careful compliance become obsolete when new guidelines are released? What happens when the site is updated or content is entered? What browsers or assistive technology agents do your consumers use?

We will review a holistic approach for the complete lifecycle of an accessible website —including how to iterate on existing content without impacting the hard work you put in during the build. Much like SEO...your work is never done. It should be considered in the initial build, then maintenance, complete with sprint regression testing, etc

Attendees will come away from this session with:

  • How to get started on improving accessibility on an existing site
  • Tips on what useful combinations of user agents, browsers, devices, etc. to test
  • A list of free tools that a site owner/content author can use to be sure their website is compliant before and after a build
  • What WCAG guidelines are on the horizon

Keypoints

  1. Guidelines are always changing and we must know resources to follow.
  2. User Agents can be used in many ways, testing our digital assets across agents is important.
  3. Users access information in many ways.

Disability Areas

All Areas

Topic Areas

Assistive Technology, Uncategorized, Web/Media Access

Speaker Bio(s)

AmyJune Hineline

AmyJune is an active contributor in the open-source world. As the Open Source Community Ambassador at Kanopi Studios, with a dual focus on both open-source community development and inclusivity, she is uniquely positioned to help individuals become more comfortable and confident as they contribute to their communities.

Her ongoing experience as a hospice nurse keeps her in touch with the challenges faced by many end-users. In her continued efforts to make a difference, she helps organize A11yTalks, an online meetup where they invite folks on every month to talk about all things accessibility - one of the core components of building an inclusive web.

In addition to her work building community connections, AmyJune is an avid geocacher, noted Volkswagen enthusiast, and eats with her elbows on the table.