ARIA: What, Why and When

ARIA: What, Why and When

Recording Date: Thursday, October 11, 2018
Length: 1.5 hours
Speakers:  Phil Kragnes, Manager, Computer Accommodations Program (CAP), University of Minnesota

Target Audience:  Web and application developers; accessibility professionals; development team managers and supervisors
Skill Level:  Intermediate - Advanced

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The W3C ARIA (Accessible Rich Internet Applications) suite can be used to identify and aid navigation of Web page regions, identify page elements and relationships, alert users to dynamic content changes and more. 


  • Participants will learn what ARIA is and what it can do
  • Participants will hear why ARIA is important for making dynamic content and other elements accessible
  • Participants will experience a screen reader as it encounters elements with and without ARIA markup
  • Participants will learn and experience how ARIA enhances usability, when its use is critical, and how it can be over-used

Speaker Bio:

Phil Kragnes has served as the Adaptive Technology Specialist and manager of the Computer Accommodations Program (CAP) - a unit within the Disability Resource Center (DRC) at the University of Minnesota - since October 1998. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Cognitive Psychology from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1987 and developed Carnegie-Mellon's first disability services program, serving as its director while pursuing his degree. In 1995, he received his Master of Science degree in Experimental Psychology: Human Cognition, Memory and Learning from the University of New Mexico.

Phil and the Computer Accommodations Program work to ensure access to online information and services; hardware and software; classrooms, laboratories, event spaces and work environments for students, faculty, staff, guests and visitors with disabilities and medical conditions. In addition to providing training and consulting to University of Minnesota students and employees, Phil has provided training to over 300 State of Minnesota Web developers and numerous clients from entities such as Unisys, Walden University, US Bank, U.S. Department of Wildlife, U.S. Federal Reserve and many others.

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