Digital Accessibility Newsletters

The web/digital industry certainly moves fast, and arguably even more so in the accessibility field. Here are some good resources to help keep you updated.

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Accessibility Toronto Conference a big success!

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.

#a11yTOConf

Addendum Nov 6, 2017: AMI Inside: a11yTO Conference (YouTube)

Presentation Resources

Here are resources for many of the presentations. Feel free to add any to the comments.

Notes

  • 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!

Twitter

Below are some selected tweets from the conference. The event’s account is @a11yTO and the hash tag is #a11yTOConf.

https://twitter.com/aardrian/status/913434555410939910

Upcoming Digital Accessibility Events

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.

For more follow @webaxe and @a11yevents on Twitter.

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Accessible Custom Select Dropdowns

In web development, creating custom select dropdowns is difficult. It requires a lot of resources to sufficiently design (annotating the interaction, etc) and develop (the Javascript is fairly complex and the ARIA isn’t easy) and then test. Additional requirements such as option groups and auto-suggest make it even more challenging and time-consuming, and usually frustrating.

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 rolecombobox 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!

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Digital Accessibility Jobs, June 2017

Wow, many opportunities in digital accessibility opening! (U.S.)

Follow me, @a11yJobs, and @LyndonDunbar on Twitter for more!

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