Developing a site that is accessible improves the overall user experience and navigation for all people of all abilities. Hear from a very able, visually-impaired expert about the accessibility movement across the Web. In this session, the audience will learn about how making websites more accessible improves the overall user experience and navigation and what the value is for their company. We’ll also share what the challenges are around making the Web more accessible and give a “behind the scenes’ look at accessibility support and user interface to make the Web and websites accessible to all. The Yahoo! Homepage was created with Accessibility in mind from the start and Yahoo! will share how the use of semantic markup can improve the user experience, how managing browser focus helps those user screen readers and screen magnifiers follow the flow of information, and how ARIA (Accessible Rich Internet Applications) can be used to progressively enhance the application for additional usability improvements. In the end you’ll discover that building an accessible web site doesn’t actually take more time, it just takes a different mindset.
Victor Tsaran, currently the Senior Accessibility Program Manager at Yahoo!, has fifteen years of experience in the field of accessibility. He helps to drive various accessibility-related initiatives at Yahoo!, such as the Yahoo! Accessibility Labs, educates designers and developers about access technology and how to code/test for it, and evangelizes accessibility and best web development practices inside and outside of the company In 1995 Victor co-founded one of the first computer centers for the blind in Ukraine. He later taught computers to visually impaired students in South Asia, Eastern Europe and the Middle East and worked with several international organizations to advance computer literacy and understanding of accessibility among educators in developing countries. Victor participates in various accessibility-related open source projects to enable access to the web and music production software by blind computer users around the world. Additionally, Victor also has great passion for the guitar, having played this instrument for over 20 years, and has just celebrated the release of his new record”.
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