This show Chris and Davie are joined by Derek Featherstone, an accessibility specialist and leader of Simply Accessible, a consulting firm in Ottawa, Canada.
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Today on Radio Johnny Jeff Parks talks with Derek Featherstone, who will be presenting at the upcoming edUi conference about the importance of accessible design in the creation of great experiences for every user. Derek argues that organizations need to look at accessibility as a design tool and not simply as list of requirements with which they must comply. As we build more dynamic interfaces our standard of care must also increase. As designers we should striving to make products and services that are both technically perfect and easy to use for every person, regardless of their physical limitations.
How can we build modern web applications that use DOM Scripting and Ajax-type technologies and ensure that they are accessible?
To find the answers Derek will look at the impact of Ajax and dynamically-generated content on people with disabilities by examining how various assistive technologies interact with modern web development techniques such as DOM Scripting and Ajax. Using those results Derek will create a strategy to make some currently popular design patterns more accessible to all users.
The accessibility of our websites is not something many of us like to think about. However, we have a legal and morale obligation to do so.
More info and transcript: http://boagworld.com/season/2/episode/s2e6/