Accessibility 2.0, a conference dealing with the impact of the social web on accessibility, comes to London, England, for the second time on the 22nd of September.
Last year's Accessibility 2.0 conference was a great success as it tried to bridge the technology gap between web development and the requirements of accessibility. This is something that should be on everybody's radar as web surfers tend to be older these days. By planning for use cases beyond the fast connection, great monitor, and godlike hand-eye coordination skills, you can make sure that your products can and will be used by everybody. It is annoying to see that a lot of web products block out people with disabilities simply by doing small things the wrong way or by not using web technologies as they were intended to be used.
The topics featured at this conference are diverse and cover the whole range of development and design of web products:
- Keynote: Finite Incantatem neither technology nor accessibility is dark magic Christian Heilmann
- Understanding Deafness: History, Language and the Web Lisa Herrod
- Typography, graphic design and accessibility Mark Boulton
- Case Study of BBC Ouch Michael Delange (TBC)
- Accessibility with HTML 5 and WAI ARIA Steve Faulkner
- Accessibility beyond the desktop panel with Veronika Jermolina (AbilityNet), Damon Rose (BBC Ouch) and Henny Swan (Opera) plus more
- To comply or not to comply? That is the question. Transitioning to WCAG 2.0 panel with Bim Egan (RNIB), Jon Gooday (AbilityNet), plus more
The odd one out here is Lisa Herrod's talk on deafness. This is a topic not covered much at accessibility conferences. With online video becoming a more and more coveted medium for e-learning, subtitles and captions are a very important feature. This is why Lisa has agreed to also offer a workshop called Deaf awareness for web teams the day before the conference.
The workshop is £60, the main conference £195 for professionals, and £100 for students.
See you there!
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