The inaugural Accessibility Toronto Conference was a big success! The event was held September 28-29, 2017 in the TELUS building in downtown Toronto. (Toronto has been a leader in conducting accessibility “camps” but this was the first “conference”.) Major thanks to the event organizers and sponsors.
Here are resources for many of the presentations. Feel free to add any to the comments.
- The 7th #a11yTOCamp is scheduled for November 18 at @OCAD. Follow @a11yTO for more info.
- Great moment: Makoto strips off his flannel shirt and proudly displays a Toronto Blue Jays baseball jersey which was hidden underneath!
- Personally, it was great meeting some folks in person for the first time whom I’ve know online for years, especially @vavroom. Also met some great new folks!
- I also really enjoyed visiting Toronto—a very clean, fun, friendly, and diverse city!
Below are some selected tweets from the conference. The event’s account is @a11yTO and the hash tag is #a11yTOConf.
Here are some great Digital Accessibility events coming soon! One in Canada and the rest U.S. (Scotland appended.) Please feel free to submit more via comments.
- IAAP Accessibility Certification Exam Study Party, at Deque Systems in Herndon, VA, September 13.
- Added: Bay Area Accessibility and Inclusive Design meetup, at StubHub in San Francisco, CA, September 21.
- Added: Accessibility Scotland, Friday 22nd September, COSLA Conference Centre, Edinburgh.
- Accessibility Camp Seattle in Seattle, WA (Seattle Central Library), September 23.
- Accessibility Toronto Conference in Toronto, Ontario, September 28-29. #a11yTOConf (author of Web Axe will be speaking)
- Boston Accessibility Conference in Cambridge, MA, October 7.
- Accessibility Bootcamp, Baltimore/DC, in Linthicum, Maryland, October 10-11, with @KarlGroves.
- Accessibility Camp Bay Area in San Francisco, CA, October 21. @A11yCampBay #a11yCampBay
- 2017 ICT Accessibility Testing Symposium in Washington D.C., October 25-27
- 19th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and
Accessibility (ASSETTS) in Baltimore, MD, October 30 – November 1.
For more follow @webaxe and @a11yevents on Twitter.
Most often the result is not fully accessible; browser and assistive technology is inconsistent; and implementations vary across the web. This is why it’s always better to use native selects with HTML/web. (Native components is also a better choice for native apps as well.) Don’t forget that HTML selects can be styled with CSS; see these resources by RTD, Filament Group, and LugoLabs.
If you must implement a custom select dropdown, you will most like need to use the ARIA listbox role, combobox role (which specifies a composite widget), and often a combination of those roles. The option role is also required and usually a few other ARIA attributes (for label, state, etc.).
Here are some great examples which will save many folks a lot of time!
Wow, many opportunities in digital accessibility opening! (U.S.)
- Associate Director of Digital Accessibility at Yale University, New Haven, CT
- Campus Accessibility Specialist at University of Illinois, Springfield, IL
- Head of Accessibility at Twitch in San Francisco, CA
- Accessibility Tester at Collabera in San Francisco, CA
- Web Accessibility Engineer at UBER in San Francisco, CA. Plus iOS Engineer and Android Engineer positions!
- Senior Software Engineer (Accessibility) at Microsoft in Redmond, WA
- Web Developer (with accessibility skills) wanted at Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR
- Process Manager – Digital Accessibility at Capital One in Richmond, VA
- Lead Front End Developer (with accessibility skills) at Peak Democracy, remote
- Accessibility Tester at Ibiztek Solutions in Austin, TX
- Lead Accessibility Analyst at Visa in Austin, TX
- Software Engineer, Mobile Accessibility at Airbnb in San Francisco, CA
Follow me, @a11yJobs, and @LyndonDunbar on Twitter for more!
On June 12, a Miami federal judge ruled that Winn-Dixie violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by failing to make its website accessible to blind and visually impaired users.
The lawsuit was filed by blind Florida resident Juan Carlos Gil who uses screen reader software to access websites. Winn-Dixie operates nearly 500 grocery stores in the southeast United States. Judge Robert Scola ruled that the Winn-Dixie website is a place of public accommodation because of its integration with its stores such as downloading coupons, ordering prescriptions, and finding store locations.
The court order states “the website must be accessible by individuals with disabilities who use computers, laptops, tablets, and smart phones,” and content from third party vendors must also be fully accessible.
The estimated cost of $250,000 to make the website accessible was not consider by the court as an undue burden and “pales in comparison to the $2 million Winn-Dixie spent in 2015 to open the website and the $7 million it spent in 2016 to remake the website for the Plenti program.”
This case is especially important because it’s an actual trial with a federal ruling, not a settlement, and thus sets a legal precedent.