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Assistive Technology - Making Websites Accessible To All

  • Oct 17, 2013 · 7:30 PM
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We're all used to operating our PCs and laptops with a mouse, and many of us have got used to touch screens on our tablets and smartphones. But what if you can't use a mouse? What if you can't see the screen? How would you control your machines then?

The answer could be with Assistive Technology (AT) - either based on software or hardware. These products are a life saver for those with disabilities or impairments. But how do they work?

In this presentation Graham Armfield from Coolfields Consulting will demonstrate voice recognition software and a couple of screen readers - as used by those with motor impairments, and those who are blind. He'll also cover some of the things that those with websites and apps need to think about to allow users with these tools to use them fully.



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  • Graham A.

    There was a question about SVG and accessibility. I stumbled across this page ( which implies that SVG can be accessible with the addition of two attributes to the <object> tag - role and aria-labelledby (not title as is implied by code on page).

    October 23, 2013

  • Graham A.

    Thanks for the comments on my demo.

    My slides from the demo last night are at:

    The slides don't contain any visuals but I have updated them to include some of the more useful keystrokes for NVDA and some useful finger gestures for Voiceover and Talkback. Have fun playing with those.

    There was a question about whether NVDA was available for macs. I'm contacting my blind friend in the Netherlands to ask him. When I hear from him I'll report back.

    I've got a few blog posts on my site ( about accessibility issues - including how to get alternate text right, and marking up forms for accessibility. And if anyone has more questions about accessibility I'd be happy to have a go at answering them.

    October 18, 2013

  • Jean-Francois

    Thanks for the talk.

    1 · October 18, 2013

  • Anselmo S.

    Excellent talk, great insights.

    1 · October 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    last minute change, I can't make it. But is it going to be recorded?

    October 17, 2013

  • Patrick W.

    Ill so can't make it, which is annoying. Will this be recorded?

    October 17, 2013

  • Yago

    Sadly, I've had to release my ticket... :/
    I was really looking forward to this event, I hope there are similar ones in the future.

    October 17, 2013

  • Ian D.

    Can't make this now, sorry.

    October 17, 2013

  • Rutherford E.

    Starts 7:30pm - ends?.......looking forward to it

    October 14, 2013

    • Nathan O.

      Hi Rutherford, it ends about 9.30, but you can stick around for more questions and a drink at the bar if you like.

      October 15, 2013

  • kim

    This is a really interesting and important topic, looking forward to it!

    1 · October 13, 2013

  • Claudine L.

    I'll catchup on podcast.Would have loved to attend but have prior commitment.I have an idea for accessibility and would love to see the options presented here.Thanks for putting this on.

    1 · October 13, 2013

  • Alex J M

    I wont be able to make it, will you be doing a pod-cast etc ?

    October 10, 2013

    • Nathan O.

      Yes, we have a podcast available on iTunes (search "London Web", and we post all video to Vimeo.

      October 11, 2013

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