When was the last time you listened to the structure of your application? Or tested it without using a mouse or a trackpad? Or checked to see what your design looked like for different types of color-blindness. Accessibility is an increasingly important topic and most of it comes down to the semantics in the code. This isn’t a talk for developers, but it is one you should see if you want to understand how to test and improve the semantic structure of your app.
Key takeaways from the session:
– The semantic structure of HTML is critical to making the web more inclusive.
– It’s increasingly important for anyone involved in the creation of information environments to understand accessibility, what they need to specify in their work, and how to test their work.
– There’s a large amount you’ve probably not thought of with your work to date.
– Assistive technology is a really great diagnostic tool to help uncover missing or incorrect semantic structure.
About the speakers
Francis Storr is the Lead Designer for Intel IT’s Software Accessibility Program. In this role, he gets to combine the best parts of information architecture, user experience, and front-end development. Francis has been working in technology for twenty years, starting off as developer and then moving into user experience where he discovered a passion for information architecture. Whether designing or developing, he’s always seen creating accessible applications as a critical responsibility for improving society. An ex-pat from the UK, Francis has lived in Portland Oregon for nine years. Francis holds a Master’s in Website Architecture.