Webinars: Accessible Web Graphics with SVG and Canvas

Accessible Web Graphics with SVG and Canvas 

Live Broadcast Held On: Wednesday, November 19, 2014 
Time: 11:00 a.m. Eastern (UTC – 5 hours)
Length: 1.5 hours 
Fee: $39 for members; $79 for nonmembers
Speaker: Doug Schepers, Developer Relations Lead, W3C

Target Audience: Web developers and designers who are creating new graphical content for websites, including data visualization, and accessibility professionals who are tasked to make existing Web graphics accessible. NOTE: This session is not designed for Web beginners. Attendees are not required to have an in-depth knowledge of SVG and Canvas, however, attendees should have working skills in HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

Overview: Data visualization can be an efficient way of conveying information and can aid accessibility, but if done incorrectly, it can hinder accessibility. With Web technology like SVG, Canvas, ARIA and the Web Audio API, you can make accessible information graphics. This webinar will cover well-known challenges and pitfalls for accessible information graphics, as well as describe techniques to overcome them, focusing on Web solutions using SVG, HTML, ARIA and the Web Audio API. We will also describe some of the new accessibility features in the upcoming SVG2 specification. In addition to discussing techniques, the speaker will demonstrate how to use a free open source tool to make SVG graphics accessible.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the basic features of SVG and Canvas.
  • Develop data visualizations that are accessible.
  • Explain the considerations for various accessibility needs for different graphical resources.

Speaker Bio: Doug Schepers has developed SVG applications and data visualizations since 2001 and has been working on SVG accessibility since 2004. He has worked for W3C since 2007, coordinating and editing specifications for such working groups as the SVG, WebApps, Web Events, Pointer Events and Audio WG, and has combined this work into pragmatic, functional applications that aid accessibility. He recently formed the W3C Accessible SVG Community Group, and serves as its co-chair.  
Previous attendees of Doug’s presentations have said that “he gives the first talk about accessibility that hasn't made them feel guilty, but rather amazingly empowered.”


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