Cassidy Williams

Accessibility in the Browser

Date: This event took place live on March 12 2015

Presented by: Cassidy Williams

Duration: Approximately 60 minutes.

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Static, page-based sites are everyday being replaced by dynamic web applications that make heavy use of JavaScript and AJAX. Custom widgets and controls can now be built entirely with JavaScript, HTML, and CSS. However, many users are at risk of being excluded from the growing responsiveness and usability of the web due to increasing accessibility gaps.

There are now ways to make these dynamic web interfaces that are accessible to all users. In this webcast talk led by Cassidy Williams, we'll discuss the Accessible Rich Internet Applications specification (ARIA), which enables dynamic, JavaScript-driven applications to work with a variety of desktop-based assistive technologies. By the end of this talk, the audience will understand the importance of the ARIA specification, and how easy it is to incorporate it in their own applications.

About Cassidy Williams

Cassidy Williams is a software engineer and developer evangelist at Venmo, having recently graduated from Iowa State University, where she studied Computer Science! She loves public speaking and has done so at meetups and events like the Grace Hopper Celebration for Women in Computing, the National Center for Women & IT Summit, the U.S. Department of Labor's Diversity in Tech event, TEDxDesMoines, the United Nations, and the U.S. Science and Engineering Festival. When she's not at a hackathon or working, she passes the time by playing music and hanging out with her (also techy) sister, Camryn. She wants to inspire generations of STEM students to be the best they can be, and her favorite quote is from Helen Keller: "One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar."

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