Automate All the Things
Notes from #HEWeb2015 Technical Academy
These are notes from a talk by Jesse Beach during the HighEdWeb 2015 Technology Academy. Jesse is an accessibility specialist at Facebook.
- Drupal Core FED
Quail Accessibility Testing Library
- Web Design: Filling the semantic gaps of HTML through visual metaphor.
- Web Accessibility: Filling the gaps of web design through semantic HTML.
- Responsive Design: Semantic HTML, optimized to the output of the medium. (meeting the end user where they are)
- WAI-ARIA: a set of attributes for HTML that express up to assistive technology. Provides roles (aria-* attributes).
- Page landmarks, document structure, widgets.
- Key Points:
- Stick to no more than six landmarks
- Only 1 Main region
- Only 1 Banner region
- Probably just 1 Navigation region
- WAI-ARIA alters semantics, it does not create behavior. (roles don’t actually make it do something, only describes what it does to assitive technology)
- The browser tries to determine a label for each element in the accessibility tree.
- Explicit labels with aria-label
- Composite labels with aria-labelledby
- Recommended to use aria attributes for style/state where possible.
- The Accessibilty (AX) Tree
- DOM -> AX Tree -> Accessibility API -> Assistive Tech client app
- Developers are responsible for coding the expected behaviors of accessible widgets.
- Always use a tabindex value of zero, this makes the element focusable.
- Using -1 allows the element to be focused, but not tabbed.
- For Navigation, prefferable to only have the first item tabable, then the other nav items are accessible through direction pad. Reduced the number of tabable items.
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