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South West Test/ Bristol Tech Festival - Web Accessibility: Testing and Beyond

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South West Test is super excited to be taking part in Bristol Technology Festival. Bristol Technology Festival is a 5 day event running between 10-14th October in the City of Bristol. Bristol Tech Festival explores the industry through a series of fun social events, encouraging everyone to participate through interactive seminars, workshops and activities spread across the city. More details can be found here https://bristoltechfest.org/

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# Web Accessibility: Testing and Beyond

Imagine losing your eyesight and trying to navigate your favorite website for the first time with a screen magnifier, only to find it still hard to see. Then, on top of that, you discover that text from buttons are not consistently being read aloud. Or, perhaps you have arthritis and struggle to navigate a specific website without a mouse.

For most companies, accessibility testing is still seen as an afterthought and there is often a misconception that testing for accessibility is difficult and time-consuming. There are many benefits to making your website or application accessible, especially in the Digital Age, but why do we still have a lot of inaccessible websites?

From public sector to private companies, accessible websites and apps are a legal requirement with specific legislation in place, and guidelines and standards available.

But looking beyond the legal requirements, what does Accessibility really mean to the people using these websites and apps? How does the way we design, build and test them affect the experience people receive and their perception of our organisations?

In this session, South West Test (hosted by the awesome folk at Scott Logic), will be considering Web Accessibility from a broad perspective and will take a more detailed look at some of the testing techniques and tools that can help you discover whether your products are inclusive for everyone who might use them.

Here’s how the evening tends to run,

Feel free to turn up from 6pm. We'll have a selection of pizza, soft drinks & alcoholic drinks available, all free of charge thanks to our awesome hosts for the night, Scott Logic. It's a great chance to speak to people (we're a friendly bunch!) and do a bit of networking. Just speak to an organiser if you'd like an introduction to people, or just dive in and say "hello!".

Our talks will start at around 6:30pm and we have 3 speakers lined up to talk to us about all things accessibility 💙

Joel Strohmeier – Senior Accessibility Consultant at Nomensa.
Joel is a Senior Accessibility Consultant for Nomensa and has been a long-standing accessibility and inclusive design champion throughout his career to-date. He has led the creation of one of the UK insurance industry's first highly accessible, mobile-first digital style guides and has also led several user focussed business critical digital transformation projects, for household brand names. Most recently, Joel was involved in the creation of the Nomensa online Accessibility Assessment and follow-up Insights Report and was part of the UKHSA Inclusive Design team working to reduce accessibility barriers to various Government COVID-19 digital services.

Joel is going to be giving us an introduction to what accessibility is and why it is so important.

Conor O'Neill - Senior Tester at iPipeline
Conor is a Senior tester for iPipeline. He is severely sight impaired and was registered blind in June last year. As a result, accessibility is something very close to his heart. He will be doing a short talk on why accessibility is important to him, and why software testers and developers need to think more about, and include accessibility testing.

Gianni Au - Senior SDET at Holland & Barrett.
Gianni is going to deal with the how and will be introducing us to a range of different tools, (both manual and automated), that could be used to help with accessibility testing.

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South West Test provides a meeting place and regular events in and around the Bristol area for anyone involved in, or with an interest in Test /QA. Come to hear stories and experiences about tools and techniques which may, or may not, have solved testing problems. This is a place of learning, where live demonstrations of tools will be given and talks and knowledge shared. Oh and did we mention we have pizza and beer 🍕🍺

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