Today was a great day for accessibility!

By admin

Today
DATE

was

a great day
DATE

for accessibility!

Wednesday, October 25th
DATE

,

2023
DATE

at

10:42 pm
TIME


Today
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was

a great day
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, even when it started at

four in the morning
TIME

to get to the airport in time. WeAreDevelopers LIVE is a series of online events covering a specialist topic. And

today
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we ran the event with

one
CARDINAL

of my favourite topics of all time: accessibility.

Originally we had planned a different topic, but the yield of the call for papers was slim pickings, so the people normally running the event thought of canceling the instance. When I was asked if there is something I could do I was at the excellent Beyond

Tellerrand
ORG

conference, proposed accessibility as a topic and immediately pestered friends and experts if they could help me run an accessibility event. And I got lucky indeed.


Today
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I talked to

Dirk Ginader
PERSON

,

Hidde De Vries
ORG

,

Karl Groves
PERSON

and

Piccia Neri
PERSON

and magic ensued. You can re-watch the whole live video or wait until

next week
DATE

when I got to editing and captioning the videos.

I want to thank all the people involved and especially Hidde who managed to jump in at

the 11th hour
TIME

as another presenter fell ill. I really loved that we managed to cover the whole breadth of accessibility in the event:


Dirk
PERSON

talked about “

Preventing Accessibility Issues Instead Of Fixing Them
WORK_OF_ART

” covering how to label and mark up designs and communicate between design and development departments.


Piccia
PERSON

came from a less technical but much more human impact angle with her “

Dizzy
PERSON

users close browsers – balancing creativity and accessibility” talk, questioning if creativity needs animation or not.

Hidde did tons of research to separate the chaff from the wheat in “

ARIA
PERSON

– the good parts”.


Karl
PERSON

dove deep into his years of knowledge in his “

Data Mining Accessibility
WORK_OF_ART

” presentation, covering findings of

decades
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of auditing software products.

Having spent a lot of time at expensive and huge accessibility conferences and seeing

dozens
CARDINAL

of talks over

the years
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, I just loved how much knowledge we managed to cover in this simple online gathering. And there was a gorgeous no-nonsense feeling in each of the talks.

I am right now on the train back home, it’s

22:45
TIME

and I am shattered, but happy to have been part of this. Thanks for everyone involved and I will get to video editing and describing the talks over

the next few days
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.