Another two accessibility presentations in November

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I’m currently preparing for another two accessibility presentations this month (November 2013). It’s been a busy autumn so far what with the two presentations I gave, and attendance at WordCamp Europe and e-access 13 – all last month.

ISTC Southern Area Group

ISTC LogoMy next presentation is on Tuesday 12th in Guildford where I’m delivering a version of my Introduction to Web Accessibility presentation to the Southern Area Group of the ISTC (Institute of Scientific and Technical Communicators). The ISTC is a society for technical authors and content writers, and obviously accessibility of a website can be significantly affected by how content authors write their articles and blog posts.

I’ll be looking at a definition of what Web accessibility means, and why it is important. During my talk I’ll be presenting a series of stats to demonstrate that web accessibility affects more people than most of us imagine. I’ll also be talking about the assistive tools that some people use to help them browse websites, and cover off some simple techniques that content authors can take to ensure the accessibility of their articles and blog posts.

The event is free, so if you’re interested in attending you can get tickets via Eventbrite.

WordCamp London

WordCamp London BadgeMy second presentation of this month will be to WordCamp London on Saturday 23rd November. Most WordPress developers will have heard of accessibility so my talk here is not an introduction to web accessibility. But I’ll be giving away a few trade secrets and showing people some of the tests they can do on their own website to check whether it is accessible.

I’ve distilled some of the most common and most significant accessibility issues down into a series of yes/no questions which are easy for anyone to check against their own website. These questions mirror some of the techniques that I use when I’m doing accessibility testing myself. Given the length of my presentation I will be unable to cover every single aspect of accessibility, but I hope to demonstrate some of the more important things that developers and site content authors need to think about.

I believe that the event is sold out but if you’re interested in attending you may wish to check at the WordCamp London website to see if there are any returns. It promises to be a great day, and I’m also attending the contributor dayon the Sunday where I’ll be joining a team of other accessibility volunteers to push forward the level of accessibility within WordPress.

I’ll be posting reports of both these events in this blog after they’ve happened – along with links to the slide decks.

 

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