Workshops

Automated accessibility testing with continuous integration

Wednesday 20 July 2016 from 9.00am – 12.30pm (half day)

In this workshop you will learn about the benefits of automated web accessibility testing. You will learn how accessibility checkers can help you reduce the cost of accessibility remediation and some of the strategic and practical considerations that go into that.

You will then take a hands-on approach and learn to implement an Axe-core into an example project, or a (small) project of your own. An introductory level understanding of accessibility and software testing is recommended.

This workshop is suitable for developers, testers and accessibility professionals. Basic understanding of accessibility is required. A basic basic knowledge of using GIT and the command line is recommended.

Your workshop facilitator is Wilco Fiers, an accessibility technology expert at Deque Systems, Inc. He is founder and chair of the Auto-WCAG community group. Wilco has participated in a variety of accessibility projects such as WAI-AGE, WAI-ACT and EIII as well as being a developer in open source projects such as QuailJS and WCAG-EM Report Tool.

Using the screen reader NVDA for testing – from the creators of NVDA

Wednesday 20 July 2016 from 1.00pm – 4.30pm (half day)

In this workshop you will learn all about NVDA, how people use screen readers and how you can test your content using this free and open source screen reader. Plus you’ll be learning all this from one of the creators of NVDA, Michael Curran.

This workshop starts at the basics of what a screen reader is and how it works, how to set up NVDA and using it to understand how your content works with this technology. There will be lots of opportunities for you to practice your skills in hands-on activities and time to ask questions.

Here’s what will be covered in this workshop:

  • Introduction to NV Access and NVDA
  • How a screen reader works
  • Installation of NVDA and getting it up and running
  • General usage of NVDA – navigating the operating system, focus, system caret, browse mode, and other common NVDA commands
  • Tools and addons that will help you test your content
  • From the web author to the screen reader – what happens in between?
  • Examples of accessible and inaccessible content and how the experience differs with a particular focus on HTML5 and ARIA
  • Q & A on specific problems people are having with using screen readers in testing. This is a chance for you to follow up with specifics.
  • This workshop is suitable for anyone who wants to learn more about how people use screen readers and testing with screen readers. A basic understanding of accessibility is desirable. Previous knowledge about screen readers is not required.

    Your workshop facilitator is Michael Curran, a totally blind person who focuses on software development in the area of accessibility. Michael is very passionate about helping the blindness community in several ways. Michael has been able to merge both of these passions by creating the first and only free and open source Screen Reader for The Windows Operating System which allows blind and vision impaired people to use Windows for no more cost than their sighted peers. Michael continues to play a leading role in the NVDA screen Reader, both as a core developer, and as an Executive Director of NV Access Limited, the Australian charity he and others set up to promote and develop this now very well known Screen Reader. Through Michael’s work with NVDA and NV Access, he has gained extensive experience in the field of accessibility, including vast knowledge of key accessibility standards, software APIs and best practices. He has fostered relationships with companies such as Mozilla, Microsoft, IBM and Adobe, and has contributed to the accessibility of their respective products.

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