While most autocomplete widgets simply aren’t created with accessibility in mind, since the W3C introduced the WAI-ARIA standard in 2014, there exist concise requirements regarding accessible implementations of various interactive usage patterns. Sadly, the WAI-ARIA standard isn’t easy and compatibility varies a lot between browsers and screen readers.
In one sentence: it’s a widget that’s truly working for all (and extremely cheap performance-wise).
During the first half of the workshop, I will investigate the accessibility of some well known autocompletes (like Google’s, Select2, jQuery UI’s, etc.) using a desktop and a mobile screen reader (NVDA and VoiceOver/iOS). I will then show the idea behind using traditional HTML for creating non-standard interactive usage patterns by demoing an accordion, a tablist and a carousel - all from our Accessibility Developer Guide(ADG by Access for All Swiss Foundation for the use of technology for the disabled) and implemented using HTML form elements.
At the end of the workshop, the attendees will have understood that a lot of interactive elements on websites can be implemented using traditional HTML form elements, resulting in great usability, accessibility, performance, and cleaner, lesser code.
UX folks, Frontenders, Accessibility folks – everybody who’s interested in creating clean and working HTML
29 August from 9:00 to 17:00 at Belvoirpark, Seestrasse 125, 8002 Zürich
We are happy to answer your questions, just email us.
Proceeds go to Access for All