ARIA 1.1: An in-depth view into the new and shiny


Presented at 8:00am in Westminster IV on Thursday, November 15, 2018.



  • Suman Damera, Accessibility Team Lead, Deque Software

Session Details

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


Discover some of the most significant new additions to WAI-ARIA 1.1, and how well these properties and values are supported with different assistive technologies.


Accessibility of web content requires semantic information about widgets, structures, and behaviors, so assistive technologies (AT) can convey the appropriate information to persons with disabilities who use them. In this regard, continuous efforts have been put in extending the list of WAI-ARIA attributes and properties available to improve the user experience of person with disabilities. WAI-ARIA 1.1 provides additional features that help bridging the gap for accessibility in HTML even further, and aims to meet needs identified for more complex widgets or interactions.


  1. Overview of a subset of new properties and attribute values
  2. Some of the changes/modifications that were made in WAI-ARIA 1.1
  3. The current support in cross-platforms including with assistive technologies. We envis

Disability Areas


Topic Areas

Uncategorized, Web/Media Access

Speaker Bio(s)

Suman Damera

Suman Damera works as a Senior Accessibility Consultant at Deque India. He has around 9 years of diverse experience in Accessibility testing/consulting/training and is officially part of the W3C ARIA working group and also a certified web accessibility specialist(WAS) and Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies (CPACC). Suman has passion for learning and updating his knowledge on assistive technologies and aims to achieve the best in everything that he does. Skill summary: • Involved in accessibility testing/consulting for about more than 40 projects in the various sectors(Airlines, banking, Ecommerce, ELearning, health care, hotel, and NGO) • Expertise in software accessibility testing such as SAP GUI, ERP, CRM • Expertise in manual web accessibility testing • A depth knowledge in understanding the WCAG guidelines and section 508 standards • Proficient in evaluating the accessibility on various responsive websites • Proficient in providing the technical guidance on how to fix the web accessibility bugs in both desktop and mobile platforms • Expertise in web accessibility testing on iPhone • Proficient in web accessibility testing on Android • Expertise in PDF accessibility testing • Proficient in evaluating the accessibility on native apps(both IOS and Android OS) • Mastery in understanding the different screen readers(JAWS, NVDA, voiceover, talkback) • Proficient in using automation Tools such as FireEyes, WorldSpace, Wave , AT checker, AXE, w3c validator • Proficient in delivering the instructor led trainings • Proficient in preparing the VPATs and conformance statements • Excellent communication, interpersonal skills and a proven team player • Basic knowledge in understanding HTML, CSS, JQuery, and Java script