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AccessU at CSUN 2012: Progressive Enhancement

Derek Featherstone, one of the Web accessibility community’s most dynamic speakers, will explain and illustrate the idea of progressive enhancement beginning at 1:30 PM on Tuesday, February 28. In this session, Derek will build upon the technical information that others have covered such as developing with CSS3, HTML5, and WAI-ARIA to build sites and applications that work for everyone. When you’ve learned to apply the principles of progressive enhancement, you’ll know how to build Web sites and applications that work with a range of browsers, operating systems and platforms, and assistive technology.

As Derek explained in his article ARIA and Progressive Enhancement from November of 2010

You’ve seen this before. You:
1.start with pristine, semantic HTML,
2.provide a layer of presentational suggestions via CSS (these may or may not be overridden by user styles), and
3.provide a layer of behavioral enhancements with JavaScript (again, these may or may not be overridden or supplemented by user scripts).

You’ll be able to watch Derek and ask him questions as he demonstrates the theory of progressive enhancement, makes it “real” for you, and helps you understand how to think about practically implementing it throughout the design and development processes.

Derek’s Ottawa-based company, Simply Accessible, is known for its Monthly Q & A calls. Subscribers submit their questions, and they’re answered during a live seminar. The next call will be held on February 23.

Derek writes excellent thought-provoking articles that raise issues and offer practical solutions to web accessibility problems. All of his articles can be seen over on the Simply Accessible site at simplyaccessible.com/archives.

If you know people in the San Diego area who could benefit from this and other sessions that will be part of Knowbility’s AccessU at CSUN 2012, please encourage them to sign up. There’s still time to join Knowbility and this outstanding group of speakers for either or both days.

Lainey Feingold shares Sh%t Folks Say to Web Accessibility Attorneys at AccessU at CSUN Feb 27

Actually the title of her talk is Legal Issues Behind Web Access:  The Law is a Key – Let’s use it!  There is still time to sign up and attend two days of practical web accessibility training in San Diego.  Read on for a preview of Lainey Feingold’s unique and engaging perspective and come to AccessU to hear her keynote in person.

Lainey Feingold is excited to help kick-off the Monday morning session at AccessU at CSUN.  Her alternative presentation title is “Sh%t Folks Say to Web Accessibility Lawyers.”   Why? Because she wants to highlight the positive aspects of (drum-roll) the “LAW” and clear up some misconceptions people have about legal issues and how they relate to web access.

What kinds of things DO people say to web accessibility lawyers? Things like “the law is a blunt instrument – don’t use it if at all possible” or “I never mention the law – too negative.” Or “Talking about the law backfires –  I try to ignore it.”

Here are a few advance take-aways from the session:

  • The right to independently access, and interact with, information on the web is a civil right.  And it is a right written into both federal and state law in the U.S. and other countries.  (We’ll briefly talk about what those are.) Civil Rights are good – so why do so many people think of the law as bad?
  • There are lots of different ways to USE the law.  A lawsuit might be considered a punch in the stomach…  But other methods – like Structured Negotiations that Lainey practices – is more of an outstretched hand.  Lesson?  Don’t confuse the “what” of the law with the “how” of the law
  • Legal strategy has been key to advancing web inclusivity.  There are lots of legal strategies – some don’t even involve lawyers!  We’ll talk about them all Monday morning in San Diego.

Lainey Feingold has been working on issues of web accessibility for over fifteen years.  She has negotiated web agreements with large institutions including Major League Baseball, American Cancer Society and Bank of America.  More information on the LF Legal website.  A short summary with links of all the press releases related to the web accessibility settlements she’s negotiated is found on her site as well.


AccessU at CSUN 2012: Designing for Accessibility

Molly Holzschlag, an active participant in the World Wide Web Consortium’s Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) working Group, will show you how to design with CSS, while keeping accessibility in mind. During her session on Tuesday, February 28 at 8:30 AM, Molly will convince you that accessible sites don’t have to be ugly and/or boring. You’ll learn how to implement CSS that’s clean, scalable, and creates a better experience for all of your site visitors, including those who have low vision.

To date, Molly has some 35 books to her credit. And, at the moment, she’s authoring another for O’Reilly on “CSS for Screen and Print.”

In the Web community, Molly is certainly known for her ability to speak and write clearly about the value of open standards and a Web that works for all. She’s recently started a series, in .Net Magazine, in which she plans to interview members of the CSS Working Group. Take a few moments to read the first article, Inside the CSS WG: Daniel Glazman, co-chair.

After you attend this and other AccessU at CSUN sessions, you’ll leave feeling enthusiastic about how to assure universal information access as you design for mobile and Web-based platforms. So what are you waiting for? Sign up for Knowbility’s AccessU at CSUN 2012 today. Please help us spread the word to project managers, administrators, and Web developers in the San Diego area. Feel free to share this message with colleagues.

Knowbility Gets a Blog!

After ten years of evangelizing, training, and developing community around the critical notion that technology should be designed to be available and usable by everyone, Knowbility has invited several members of our community to weigh in on the current state of technology inclusion.

How is the industry doing? Are we nearer to reaching accessibility goals? What are the critical issues facing our field? Now that we have the attention of government agencies, how do we get the standards to actually be, well, um….enforced?

These and many other questions, comments and ideas around the happy notion of accessible technology will be explored on this blog. Welcome!