The current situation around the world is forcing us to re-invent the way we run events. Besides taking away things we love from events, it also offers the opportunity to create an experience that is more inclusive and accessible for everyone.
Join this 30-minute talk where I will share my experience from a year of online events. We will talk about the why and share tips and tricks which you can apply to your events, user groups and online meetings.
Senior Cloud Advocate at Microsoft
Henk is a Cloud Advocate specializing in Artificial intelligence and Azure with a background in application development. He is currently part of the regional cloud advocate team in the Netherlands. Before joining Microsoft, he was a Microsoft AI MVP and worked as a software developer and architect building lots of AI powered platforms on Azure.
He loves to share his knowledge about topics such as DevOps, Azure and Artificial Intelligence by providing training courses and he is a regular speaker at user groups and international conferences.
The scary truth about labels
Meet Jenn Scott, she’s 30yo and graduated with an A+ degree for Computer Engineering. Meet David Brown, he’s 35yo he is autistic and has no paid job. Jenn works in operations, she uses Linux and writes Python, but David uses Windows and writes C# Frameworks. Let me ask you something. If you read those 3 sentences above: do you feel comfortable? Can we assume that Jenn writes better code than David? Or vice-versa? Does Jenn feels comfortable if she needs to help David in a specific situation? If the need to collaborate for a project is there? Or even worse: do developers with a paid job even need to collaborate on projects with developers without a paid job? Honestly, for me this doesn’t feels comfortable anymore. This is scary legacy from the past. In this talk I am going to tell you the scary truth about labels and inspire you with inclusive and other modern insights and approaches do break down the walls between labels. Of course I am also going to explain where you still need (temporally) labels. We are going to discuss labels for people, abilities and software patterns/languages.
Microsoft MVP || Developer & President DDSoft
Dennie is Microsoft MVP Developer Technologies and has experience in accessibility with Microsoft technologies. In daily life Dennie is president and developer at DDSoft, a nonprofit that connects IT to People who are less tech-savvy. Dennie invented technical solutions and systems to help people with disabilities to participate in their daily life. Thanks to his autism he's the right man at the right spot to contribute as a volunteer in function of people with disabilities.
Testing Web Accessibility
When we develop a new web application, we often put a lot of work on the design, on making it beautiful and usable. In other words, we want our web app to be effective, efficient, and satisfying for the user. But a lot of times we don’t think about the user experience for people with disabilities, including people with age-related impairments.
Web accessibility (a11y ) means that people with disabilities can perceive, understand, navigate, and interact with websites and tools, and that they can contribute equally without barriers.” (Source: W3C - Web Accessibility Initiative). Our role as frontend and web developers is to create clear interfaces to make people understand and care about data, independently of their disabilities or impairments, but what we, developers, often forget is to ensure that the code we write follows the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), and the only way to achieve that is testing, either manual or automated.
Automated web a11y tests can free up our QA team from manual testing every part of our application, but, they can’t automatically make our site accessible. We should use automated a11y tests as one step of a larger testing process.
Accessibility Software Engineer at GitHub
My name is Adrián Bolonio. I'm a Google Developer Expert in Web Technologies currently working as an Accessibility Software Engineering at GitHub as part of a talented, diverse, and motivated team that will work on making GitHub and the Internet a better and more accessible place for everyone. When I’m not at the office I enjoy a good read, working my way through any delicious recipe, and indulging my love for travelling to new places.
The CSS Side of Accessibility
In this talk, you'll learn how CSS fits into accessibility. You'll also discover how making small changes to way we write CSS can help you build better web experiences that take into account different conditions that may affect how users interact with your website.
Linda Ikechukwu is a software developer focused on frontend and cloud technologies building interfaces that connect products to their target users.
Could browsers fix more accessibility problems automatically?
Accessibility best practices and standards are great, but realistically, they don't reach everybody. Part of the web is still inaccessible to people with disabilities. What if browsers could give users the power to override the web, and fix accessibility errors in web content whenever they can? In this talk, I will discuss accessibility features in today's browsers and share what else could be done.
Tables have their place, now let’s make them fit
Tables have gotten a bad reputation over the years. Historically, we used them for layout, a practice thoroughly frowned upon today. When responsive and fluid layouts came into the scene, they proved difficult to work with. As a result, we have shied away from them but it doesn’t have to be this way. In this talk we will go over: - When to use tables, and when not too - Techniques to make them work on mobile screen - Accessibility considerations - Alternate layout options when a table is not the correct option
UX/UI Designer & Developer, GDE, MVP
An award winning CTO, UX / UI Designer & Developer, International Speaker, and author, Martine focuses on web interfaces that are beautiful, functional, accessible, and usable. She approaches user experience from both art and science, drawing from her degrees in psychology and visual communications. She has worked as an developer, artist, educator, and consultant since 2005.
In 2015, she published a children's book, “Programming Languages ABC++”, and in 2016 the Workbook Edition sold over 20,000 copies. Shen then went on to write “Approachable Accessibility: Planning for Success” which was released in June 2019 and “Architecting CSS: The Programmer’s Guide to Effective Stylesheets” in 2020.
Currently, she is the CTO at Andromeda Galactic Solutions where I continue to lean, work on, and share her passion for front end development.
An inclusive web: using preference media queries to make your sites for everyone
After a decade of responsive design, "responsive" no longer just means "adapts to your screen size". Nowadays, websites can adapt to different user preferences, device capabilities and even situational changes. The speaker explains what that means for your development workflow and how you can use these capabilities to provide a better experience for your users and truly respond to their preferences.
Founder at Polypane browser for developers
Kilian is a front-end developer with over 20 years of experience that switched from building websites to building apps to build websites with. He is interested in modern web development, desktop app development and new technologies, and regularly speaks about topics like responsive websites, design systems and Electron. Kilian is a frequent open source contributor.
FronteND and BackeND (Accommodate NeuroDiversity in your products)
Accommodating neurodiversity in our products (whether it comes to our product framework, our UI and GUI, or product documentation) is one of the often overlooked methods that we can use to be more accessible, inclusive, and user-friendly.
We often hear about making our products more accessible for a global audience, and for users with physical disabilities, but what about neurodiversity?
As a member of the One Identity by Quest Technical Communications Team, the Quest Equality & Inclusion Council, and the One Identity Technical Communications Style Guide Committee, I prioritize making products accommodating for the widest possible spectrum.
In my session, I will bring you challenges that neurodiverse users face every day, pinpoint struggles they encounter when using less-than-inclusive products, and offer best practices about how you can make your products accessible, inclusive, and user-friendly for a neurodiverse audience, too.
Anna Korinna Németh-Szabó
One Who Docs (Technical Writer Advisor at Quest Software - One Identity)
Anna is the main Technical Writer Advisor working on the log management product line of One Identity by Quest. Anna also acts as a UX Writing consultant in the Privileged Access Management One Identity by Quest product lines. Being a member of the One Identity Technical Communications Guild, the One Identity Technical Communications Style Guide Committee, and the Quest Equality & Inclusion Council, Anna is passionate about good documentation and product quality, improving processes throughout the company, making the workplace environment more inclusive, and improving communication and cooperation practices.
How can you drive inclusion for hidden disability?
How can you use technology to help drive inclusion for people that you cannot see? What can we each do to support people with challenges across neurodiversity and mental health to make the workplace and online technology better on a daily basis? Come to this session to discuss quick features with your email, meetings and general tips to support each other.
Organisational Change Consultant and MVP
My passion is to support people in their daily work from all walks of life. As a keen neurodiversity and mental health advocate, I try to help drive awareness across challenges, hidden disability and drive all of us to make small changes in our daily work to support each other. In my consulting, I help organisations plan for, implement, adjust and adopt technology. I drive strategic journeys for organisations, develop key offerings to embed adoption and enjoy being active in the Office 365 community.
Mapping our journey to accessibility: What we can learn about accessibility from maps
Accessibility is a fairly new concept to a lot of us in the tech industry, but Ordnance Survey have been making maps since 1791. What have they done over the last two centuries to make their maps easier to read and understand for everyone? And how can our comparatively juvenile industry learn from their experience?
Senior .NET developer and lover of adventure
Joe is a senior .NET developer and lover of adventure. During working hours he’s an Umbraco Certified Expert who's been working with Umbraco in various digital agencies for the past decade, but is an adventure-loving outdoorsman in his free time and can often be seen out hiking or canoeing with his dog, Carter.
Accessibility Insights: Catch accessibility bugs early and often
Accessibility Insights is a suite of free, open-source products that helps developers find and fix accessibility issues. We are passionate about helping teams detect these issues early in the development process, empowering them to create more accessible products for customers and save time in the process. We offer several options to help you develop accessibly, which feature both automated and manual testing experiences and are optimized to meet teams wherever they are in their accessibility learning journey. Additionally, we have the axe-pipelines-samples repo that demonstrates how to integrate automated accessibility checks into Azure pipelines in projects with UI automation tests. In this session, we will cover the various ways developers can leverage Accessibility Insights tools to create more accessible web experiences for users of all abilities.
Software engineer focusing on accessibility at Microsoft
Jacqueline is a Digital Equity Advocate & Software Engineer building change from the code up. She's interested in leveraging technology for social good, particularly identifying ways in which current technology maintains social inequities and working to eliminate these biases. She strives to understand what is necessary to create systems that everyone, regardless of ability, can use with ease.
She graduated with dual degrees in Computer Science and African & African Diaspora Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. She's currently developing tools to create accessible applications for Android, Windows, and web as part of Microsoft's Accessibility Insights team.
Program Manager focusing on accessibility and privacy at Microsoft
John is a privacy and accessibility advocate & program manager influencing change through action. He is driven to help make the web accessible and to keep the privacy of the individual a top priority. John is passionate about ensuring the systems we use and interact with can be used by anyone with interest and that those tools treat the those that use it with respect.
As the Program Manager of the Web Insights team, John helps ensure Microsoft’s experiences are accessible and respects user’s privacy.