Past Meetup

GAAD : Testing HTML with a screen reader by Denis Boudreau

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We are planning a special event to celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness Day in Ottawa. Learn about GAAD at

Accessibility testing using browser tools such as the Web Developer toolbar, HTML Code_Sniffer or the WAVE toolbar is already a daunting task. But add screen reader testing requirements to the mix, and for most people, it soon becomes way too complicated to even bother. This practical, hands-on workshop is intended for anyone who does not consider himself or herself to be an accessibility expert, but yet needs to sometimes assess accessibility in projects. In this workshop, we will be going over a series of techniques for testing the accessibility fundamentals of HTML using NVDA, an open source screen reader. No technical ninja skillz required! Bring your worst fears and concerns about the use of screen readers for accessibility testing, so we can crush them to a pulp!

Bio: Denis is a senior Web Accessibility consultant and strategist working for Simply Accessible, and an invited expert of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) in various working groups. He has been advocating social inclusion on the Web since 2001 and has been running the annual a11yMTL conference in Montreal, Canada since 2010. He actively tweets about Web accessibility and digital inclusion at @dboudreau.

Note: Unfortunately, this location is not accessible to people who use wheelchairs. We may be able to re-locate downstairs if needed, but would need notice.