Accessible By Default

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Accepted Session
Short Form
Intermediate
Scheduled: Thursday, June 23, 2016 from 3:45 – 4:30pm in B302/303

Excerpt

Making your website accessible for users with disabilities isn’t flashy, but it’s necessary. Websites built for universal access benefit all users, not just users with a disability. They’re also more SEO friendly, and are generally built to be more user friendly. From generating increased revenue, to providing better access to services, the benefits of developing accessible websites are real and measurable.

Description

The State of Georgia recently completed an Accessible Platform initiative, reviewing the templates and themes for our enterprise Drupal platform for accessibility gaps, and launching rolling improvements to the platform over several months to meet WCAG 2.0 (Level AA) compliance levels.

Accessibility doesn’t have to be an additional step in the web development process. Out of this initiative came a number of lessons learned on how code and markup can be written to be accessible from the beginning, to mitigate the need for such cleanup efforts in the future. Building websites and systems with accessibility in mind from the start saves time and money in the long haul. By following best practices for frontend development, accessibility can be a seamless, invisible step in the build process.

In this session, we will review why accessible markup matters, and look at how best practices in frontend development can provide easy wins for making your themes, modules, plugins, templates, forms, and applications accessible by default.

Tags

accessibility, html

Speaking experience

Experience providing computer software training with over 10 years of training experience. More recently presenting for conferences, including:

GOVTalks: Content. Atlanta, June 3, 2015.
"Content for All: Accessible Content is Better for Everyone."
slides available at: https://portal.georgia.gov/interactive/sites/portal.georgia.gov.interactive/files/related_files/blog/Content%20For%20All-final--Kendra.pdf

Acquia Engage, Boston, October 21, 2015.
Public Sector Breakfast Panel: "Digital Innovation and Transformation in Government."
https://engage.acquia.com/

Great Wide Open, Atlanta, March 16, 2016.
"Access By Default." (this is the same talk)
Slides available at: http://www.slideshare.net/KendraSkeene/access-by-default

Great Wide Open, Atlanta, March 17, 2016.
Lightning Talks Speaker
"Open Source On My Mind: How Georgians Benefits from an Enterprise PaaS"

Speaker

  • Kendra headshot

    Kendra Skeene

    Director of Product for GeorgiaGov Interactive

    Biography

    Kendra is the Director of Product for GeorgiaGov Interactive. She oversees the state’s enterprise Drupal platform, directing product strategy and working with development partners to create new products for the platform’s customers. She has managed several initiatives with the GeorgiaGov Interactive team, including the responsive and accessible platform initiatives.

    Prior to leading the product team, Kendra led support and training for the GeorgiaGov platform, where she kept a close pulse on user issues and platform health. Kendra has more than 15 years of web design and development experience and has been involved in web-based training for nearly as long. Kendra has worked as a designer, developer, and content manager with six different CMS systems over the years.

    Sessions

      • Title: Accessible By Default
      • Track: Practice
      • Room: B302/303
      • Time: 3:454:30pm
      • Excerpt:

        Making your website accessible for users with disabilities isn’t flashy, but it’s necessary. Websites built for universal access benefit all users, not just users with a disability. They’re also more SEO friendly, and are generally built to be more user friendly. From generating increased revenue, to providing better access to services, the benefits of developing accessible websites are real and measurable.

      • Speakers: Kendra Skeene

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