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London Accessibility Meetup #21
We have 2 more brilliant talks at our December meetup. Léonie Watson shares how information is made available to assistive technologies such as screen readers. Ruby Steel and Will Merrill share how they designed a customised Voice User Interface as part of BBC Two’s Big Life Fix. TALK 1: Time traveller's guide to accessibility mechanics, Léonie Watson For a long time, HTML gave us all the semantics and other goodies we needed to make things work properly on the web. Then we started inventing new UI components, and now we use ARIA and Javascript to polyfill the missing bits. As we move towards a future of Web Components, the time has come to invent another solution that will let us encapsulate accessibility in the shadow DOM - and its called the Accessibility Object Model (AOM). Léonie Watson is the Director of Developer Communications at The Paciello Group, member of the W3C Advisory Board and co-chair of the W3C Web Platform WG, technology writer and speaker. She began using the internet in 1993, turned it into a career in 1997, and (despite losing her eyesight along the way), she's been enjoying herself thoroughly ever since. TALK 2: Sorry I Didn’t Get That : Accessibility in Voice Control, Ruby Steel and Will Merrill Ruby Steel and Will Merrill of Smart Design will tell the story of their experiences designing a customised VUI. The duo worked together along with a mutli-discliplinary team for woman living with progressive MS as part of BBC Two’s Big Life Fix. For someone with reduced dexterity and mobility – voice controlled home hubs seem like the answer but these products have been designed with the tech-savy in mind – what happens to someone who’s not used a computer in years and has been left behind by technology? Schedule: 6:00 Registration opens and networking, drinks and pizza 7:00 Talk 1: Time traveller's guide to accessibility mechanics, Léonie Watson 7:45 Break 8:15 Talk 2: Sorry I Didn’t Get That : Accessibility in Voice Control, Ruby Steel and Will Merrill 9:00 Close Join us for networking in a local pub, The Draft House (1 Plough Place, London, EC4A 1DE)

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