Understanding the ARIA Authoring Practices and Screen Readers

Scheduled at 9:00am in Meadowbrook I on Tuesday, November 19.

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Speaker(s)

  • Jon Gunderson, Coordinator of IT Accessibility, University of Illinois

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 5-6-hr
  • Format: Lab
  • Expertise Level: Intermediate
  • Type of session: Pre-conference

Summary

In this workshop participants will learn how the Accessible Rich Internet Application (ARIA) requirements can be used to make web resources more accessible and how the use of ARIA changes the user experience for screen reader users. The workshop will provide hands on activities to learn about ARIA and how screen reader work.

Abstract

In this workshop participants will learn how the Accessible Rich Internet Application (ARIA) rand HTML5 specifications can be used to make web resources more accessible and comply with and WCAG 2.x standards and support a wide range of assistive technologies. The workshop includes a hands-on coding experience creating a simple ARIA enabled widget to see how the use of roles, properties and states changes the user experience for people using screen readers. The example will be tested using keyboard interaction and screen readers including VoiceOver, JAWS and NVDA. More complex ARIA enabled widgets for menus, date pickers, and image carousels will also be demonstrated and tested to learn more about keyboard interaction requirements and the screen reader experience. Participants will learn how the ARIA Authoring Practices can be used to provide feedback to developers and designers on how to create accessible widgets when accessibility issues are discovered. .

Keypoints

  1. Learn how to use the ARIA Authoring Practices to provide feedback to developers and designers
  2. Understand the basic operation of screen readers and how they support the use of ARIA markup.
  3. Understand keyboard testing and keyboard focus styling.

Disability Areas

Mobility, Vision

Topic Areas

Assistive Technology, Uncategorized, Web/Media Access

Speaker Bio(s)

Jon Gunderson

Dr. Jon Gunderson is the Coordinator of Assistive Communication and Information Technology Accessibility in the Division of Disability Resources and Education Services (DRES) at the University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana, Illinois. He leads the development of open source web accessibility evaluation tools and coding practices resources to help web designers and developers understand accessible coding techniques. He is a member of the W3C ARIA Working Group has been a major contributor to the ARIA Authoring Practices and the automated testing of ARIA implementation in browsers for the Windows platform. He has given numerous presentations, workshops and courses related to web accessibility. He leads the development of the A11yFirst editor enhancements for CKEditor to support accessible authoring in web based editors. He is a Certified Professional in Web Accessibility (CPWA) form the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP).