Accessibility for developers: Structure and semantics

An introduction to the key aspects of web accessibility and inclusive design, relevant to web developers

Date and time

  • Thursday 2 July - 13:00 to 14:30 BST

Please note: while not compulsory, prospective attendees of the Structure and semantics session may also wish to attend the following sessions in the Accessibility for Developers series:

  • Thursday 16 July - Accessibility for Developers: ARIA and the Accessibility Tree 
  • Thursday 30 July – Accessibility for Developers: Considerations when developing custom controls 

Discount options are available if you wish to book for more than one of these sessions.

Location

  • Online - this course is delivered via the Zoom platform

Accessibility

  • The course will be delivered with live captions
  • We can share slides in advance if required
  • A captioned recording with transcript will be shared with attendees after the live event

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Please note: after purchasing a ticket you are able to reassign the ticket, if somebody different to the ticket purchaser will be attending the training.

Why you should attend

Our training helps your team deliver accessible and inclusive products and services first time, every time, by embedding best practice in your processes and offering valuable insights to every member of your teams.

We'll show you some of the most common reasons that an app or website will fail the standard accessibility tests, and we'll also show you how to avoid them. Accessible development is a broad subject and this course will focus on defining disability and accessibility, looking briefly at the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines before delving into the importance of structure and semantics, correct implementation of common HTML elements and concepts of progressive enhancement.

By thinking about accessibility and inclusion from the start you can prevent costly fixes at the end of a project, and also improve the user experience for everyone, not just your disabled customers.

Who is this training for

This course is primarily aimed at front-end developers, but may also be of interest to designers and managers who wish to better understand how certain design considerations may impact the overall development.

The level of training is intermediate - you will need some awareness of accessibility standards and this course will focus on how these can be applied.

What will be covered

Attendees will learn accessibility topics including:

  • Accessibility and disability
    • Definitions of disability
    • Common misconceptions
  • Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)
  • The importance of structure and semantics
  • Key considerations when using common HTML elements and how to test for them
  • Progressive enhancement

At the end of this course you will know how to:

  • Successfully implement structure and semantics in development to ensure accessibility

Important information

Class size

  • We limit the number of people on our training courses to ensure all attendees can engage with the presenter, ask questions and have an informative experience

What to bring

  • You will need a good internet connection, access to a laptop or desktop computer and to be able to open/use the Zoom platform without restrictions on your device

Why train with us?

97% of attendees rated our webinars and training ‘Excellent' or ’Good’ in 2019
 

“I’ve found the sessions useful in bringing the range of accessibility issues to our attention, from website navigation to ensuring that images are meaningful to the visually impaired… I’d say that the training is essential for those responsible for the content of public websites.”

Meet our trainer

Image of Alice Taylor, trainer for AbilityNet

Alice Taylor joined AbilityNet after spending five years working as a Front End Developer in a range of digital agencies.

As a senior accessibility consultant in our Accessibility Services Team, Alice provides in-depth auditing of web/mobile websites and applications, and carries out design, wireframe and specialist assistive technology reviews, for a wide range of clients across the public and private sectors.