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Web Accessibility

  • Nov 5, 2013 · 7:00 PM

Who can use your websites? Are they accessible to as many people as possible?

Web accessibility has traditionally described the process of enhancing websites for people with disabilities. Come to this class to learn more about developing with accessibility in mind—and building a better web experience for everyone.

This two-week class, taught by Marcy Sutton, will focus on general design principles, with some hands-on exercises. It is helpful to have basic knowledge of HTML and CSS. You should also plan to bring a laptop and some headphones to work along with the class.

Class 1: Tuesday, November 5 from 7-9 pm
Class 2: Tuesday, November 12 from 7-9 pm

Marcy Sutton is a developer at Substantial in Seattle. She's passionate about front-end development that's well designed, accessible and mobile friendly. With degrees in Photography and Web Design & Multimedia, her approach to problem-solving is both creative and technical. She's super excited to share her enthusiasm for coding with the ladies of GirlDevelopIt!

Class will meet on Tuesdays from 7-9 pm at Filter Digital. Due to the restrictions of Meetup's registration, we can't schedule multi-day events, so keep in mind that this Meetup event serves as registration and payment for the entire course.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Nope still fire fighting. im bummed to miss this. i will grab slides later

    November 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Bah, still working. Maybe a tad late for this

    November 12, 2013

    • Heather Glenn W.

      Leah, I will be hanging out downstairs to let you in!

      November 12, 2013

  • Marcy S.

    Excited for our second class tonight! Be sure to bring a laptop and headphones, and try to install the WAVE and Web Developer Firefox extensions if you can. Here is a link to tonight's demo!

    https://github.com/marcysutton/girldevelopit-rdu-access/blob/master/demo.zip

    November 12, 2013

  • Denise W.

    http://www.eventbrite.com/event/8987119717/es2?rank=1&sid=1f4c450f480011e39f071231391ec9bf

    If that link doesn't work try going to Eventbrite, and then search for getty in Seattle since its Getty Images

    1 · November 7, 2013

  • Johanna

    Can we have the link about the event our guest talked about before class started. Please!

    November 7, 2013

  • Marcy S.

    Well that was awesome, thanks for coming! I'm super excited for the code-focused class next week, hopefully you'll all enjoy nerding out with us.

    Here are some accessibility resources:

    WebAIM: http://webaim.org

    W3C WCAG 2.0 Checklist: http://webaim.org/standards/wcag/checklist

    Screen Reader Survey: http://webaim.org/projects/screenreadersurvey4/

    Color Contrast Checker: http://webaim.org/resources/contrastchecker/

    Firefox WAVE extension: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-us/firefox/addon/wave-toolbar/

    Firefox Web Developer extension: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-us/firefox/addon/web-developer/

    Captcha alternatives: http://bit.ly/b2qMe9

    Web Accessibility for Designers: http://webaim.org/resources/designers/

    As a bonus for reading through this huge list :), here's a video of Tommy Edison, a blind technology advocate using his iPhone: http://youtu.be/c0nvdiRdehw

    Thanks again for participating in the great discussions and we'll see you on Tuesday!

    Marcy Sutton
    @marcysutton

    November 6, 2013

  • Valerie C.

    Looking forward to learning about accessibility this evening. This looks like a really interesting group of tech women. Some things about me:
    1. Doing a mid-life career change. My last job was as Proj Mgr for various web sites at AT&T. Excited about learning to code and design software. I'm grateful for the movement to bring more women into software dev.
    2. Accessibility is so important. My mother was blind and I witnessed her frustration with UIs. Good design benefits everyone.
    3. I'm an introvert, but I'm very social. If anyone wants to meet for dinner before next Tuesday's class (11/12), I can organize that.

    1 · November 5, 2013

  • Marcy S.

    Tomorrow's our first day, excited to meet you all! To participate in the activities, you'll need a laptop and a set of headphones (let us know if you need help securing these). In class, we will be trying a screenreader simulation that requires the Adobe Shockwave plugin. To save yourself some time, you can go to http://www.adobe.com/shockwave/welcome/ tonight and install.

    I'll provide a link to the slides tomorrow. Let me know if you have any questions!

    Marcy Sutton

    November 4, 2013

  • Ellen

    I would love to come, but unfortunately Tuesdays don't work for me :(

    October 30, 2013

  • Susan P.

    This looks like a great class. I look forward to attending these when I finish the CodeFellows Ruby on Rails bootcamp.

    October 31, 2013

    • Marcy S.

      Hi Susan, I may be coming to talk to the Ruby CodeFellows bootcamp about accessibility soon, so you might be extra in luck! :)

      November 1, 2013

  • Denise W.

    This class sounds like its going to be AWESOME!!!

    1 · October 21, 2013

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