Update and Considerations on Using the Latest Accessible Rich Internet Applications (ARIA) Specification

Update and Considerations on Using the Latest Accessible Rich Internet Applications (ARIA) Specification

Speaker:  Jonathan Avila, Chief Accessibility Officer, Level Access
Date:  Recorded at M-Enabling Summit, June 2017
Length:  1.25 hours
Target Audience:  Developers and those providing accessibility guidance to others.
Skill Level:  Beginner/Intermediate

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The WAI-ARIA Accessible Rich Internet Applications Suite, provides guidance for Web content and Web applications with dynamic content and advanced user interface controls developed with Ajax, HTML, JavaScript, and related technologies which may not be accessible to persons with disabilities.  This presentation will provide a brief overview of WAI-ARIA, review what is new in ARIA 1.1, discuss how to avoid misusing ARIA and cover considerations for using ARIA in touch screen and responsive environments.  The goal of the presentation will be to help developers and those providing accessibility guidance to understand the power of ARIA and potential impact of misuse in the context of the latest version of this specification.

Speaker Bio

As Level Access's Chief Accessibility Officer, Jonathan Avila is involved in updating and maintaining Level Access's Unified Audit Methodology and best practice library relating to Section 508, WCAG, and other accessibility standards. Jonathan has deep experience in the analysis, design and repair of software, web pages, mobile apps, Flash, documentation and hardware for accessibility. With an extensive technical and programming background, many years of experience in the accessibility field, and his own personal experience as a person with a visual impairment, Jonathan brings a valuable and unique perspective to access solutions for new and current technologies. Over the years he has implemented many innovative and creative solutions in the corporate environment, Federal and State government, and for end users with disabilities. Jonathan participates in the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines working group and the mobile accessibility task force, blogs on accessibility issues, and has been the subject matter expert on several accessibility training courses created for the US Federal government.

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