W3C

Talks by W3C Speakers

Many in the W3C community — including staff, chairs, and Member representatives — present W3C work at conferences and other events. Below you will find a list some of the talks. All material is copyright of the author, except where otherwise noted.

Listing is based on the following search constraints:

  • Possible presentation dates: past few months and upcoming
  • Technology area: Web Design and Applications

April 2014

May 2014

  • 2014-05-12 (12 MAY)

    Easy Checks for Web Accessibility: Get the Gist (No Experience Needed) (tutorial)

    by Shawn Henry

    AccessU

    Austin, TX, USA

    Relevant technology area: Web Design and Applications.

    Abstract:

    Have you ever wondered: "Is this web page accessible?" If you can use the Web, you can get a good start at an answer — no expertise required!

    Whereas web accessibility evaluation tools spit out complex results that require knowledge to interpret, the W3C resource "Easy Checks - A First Review of Web Accessibility" provides a different approach. It walks you through some basic accessibility evaluation with guidance for understanding what you are checking.

    Most people can complete these checks in about 10 minutes once they understand them. If you're new to web accessibility, it will take some time to learn.

    This session provides a jump start to understanding and using Easy Checks so that you can start to answer: "Is this web page accessible?".

    Key Take-aways:

    • Learn simple steps for getting started evaluating 12 aspects of web accessibility
    • Understand some basic accessibility barriers and solutions
    • Gain confidence in reporting web accessibility problems
  • 2014-05-12 (12 MAY)

    Personas, buy-in sessions, and tips to bring accessibility to life (tutorial)

    by Shawn Henry

    AccessU

    Austin, TX, USA

    Relevant technology area: Web Design and Applications.

    Abstract:

    When project teams understand the impact of their work on the lives of real people with disabilities, most are highly motivated by a new understanding of accessibility. You can help get them there.

    In this session you'll get resources and guidance for:

    • Orchestrating stellar buy-in sessions with people with disabilities to raise awareness and motivation.
    • Developing and using personas to keep the realities of accessibility in the forefront during design.

    Successfully bringing accessibility to life can make a project team eager and excited to do their best on accessibility for people with disabilities.

    Key Take-aways:

    • Resources for developing and using personas
    • Tips for orchestrating successful buy-in sessions
    • Unleashing the power of motivated project teams
  • 2014-05-12 (12 MAY)

    Wake up and Share the Coffee: Hot Topics in Web Accessibility

    by Shawn Henry

    AccessU

    Austin, TX, USA

    Relevant technology area: Web Design and Applications.

    Abstract:
    Come early to register, feed from the breakfast taco bar, and get ready for a speed-dating style coverage of current issues in web accessibility. Get up to speed on the latest challenges and solutions for web accessibility in 2014. Learn what W3C is working on and how you can help spread the news.
  • 2014-05-15 (15 MAY)
  • 2014-05-29 (29 MAY)

June 2014

July 2014

September 2014

  • 2014-09-25 (25 SEP)

    Crafting User Experience for the Fastest Growing Web Demographic: Older Users

    by Shawn Henry

    WebVisions Chicago

    Chicago, IL, USA

    Relevant technology areas: Browsers and Other Agents and Web Design and Applications.

    Abstract:

    Long gone are the days when young techies were the primary target audience for websites. Increasingly, a key target for websites is older users, especially as Baby Boomers age. Older users' changing needs significantly impact user experience and the definition of good design.

    For example, gray text on a light background can be hard for older users to read due to changes in contrast sensitivity and color perception, small click targets can be painful or difficult due to arthritis and tremors, and audio can be hard to understand due to hearing loss. As we age, most of us have increasing visual, physical, auditory, and cognitive impairments that affect how we interact with computers and websites.

    Is your design considering the needs of older users? If not, many of those users will go somewhere else. That pretty little design might get some visual design accolades, but very well could be losing you customers - ones with money to spend.

    To help know how to design better for older users, there's a rich source of information that's been developing for over 15 years: web accessibility for people with disabilities. The European Commission-funded WAI-ACT project found that existing W3C accessibility guidelines address the majority of older users' web needs.

    In this session we'll explore:

    • top web issues for older users
    • websites and applications that get it right, and those that don't
    • how to use W3C's Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) to address older users' needs as well as the needs of people with disabilities
    • emerging research and user studies on making text readable for older users and others
    • how to create visually appealing, user-customizable designs that work well for a wide range of users

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