Explore with Hadi meetings
August 10, 2021: New version of UIUC mailing list system coming soon
Technology Services is working on updating the Campus Mailing List Service to Sympa v6.2.64. There are many UI changes in the 6.2.x version and they are interested in getting feedback on the accessibility of the system. Tech Services has conducted an initial usability review and has address some issues and would like to get additional feedback from the Campus community. This month we will take a look at the development mailing list server set up. Feedback about features needing improvements will be addressed as feature requests and bug reports to the open source Sympa project.
September 14, 2021: Accessible Pagination
This month we're going to discuss how to ensure pagination for long lists of items accessible. Some discussion topics may include:
- Organization of elements inside the pagination <nav> (list of pages, # items per page selector, "page x of y", etc)
- Changing the number of items per page
- Correct use of ARIA attributes to indicate state
- AJAX vs. traditional pagination -- how should they work differently, if at all?
- How to signal what part of the webpage is changed when content is updated by the pagination widget
Please bring your own ideas and questions too!
The following resources may be helpful to review for this discussion:
July 13, 2021: IT Pro Forum Day 2: Afternoon A11y Sessions Redux
Several accessibility-related sessions at the IT Pro Forum had to be cancelled last month, but we’re bringing the speakers to Explore with Hadi this month for lightning rounds to summarize the sessions’ content! Join Jon Gunderson and Nick Hoyt to learn about the following topics:
- Using AInspector WCAG and Bookmarklets for Web Page Evaluation
- Using FAE for Website Accessibility Evaluation
Join us for a hands-on demonstration of AInspector WCAG, Accessibility Bookmarklets, and the Functional Accessibility Evaluator (FAE). Additionally, we will learn about some of the updates being worked on to support the ARIA 1.2 recommendation and will get a demonstrate the NEW “Skip to Landmarks and Headings” extension for Firefox and Chrome that has recently been made public.
June 8, 2021: Data Visualizations and Graphing
This month we're going to dive into one of the more advanced and complicated accessibility topics out there: data visualization and graphing. As inherently visual methods of communicating information, it can be challenging to make visualizations and graphs accessible. However, with the ever-expanding need to present large datasets in meaningful ways, it's more important than ever to ensure that everyone can benefit from these tools.
To kick us off, folks from UIC would like to discuss the new ADA-PARC prototype website currently in development, to replace the current ADA-PARC website. It's still early in development, so not all the data is loaded, but you can get a sense of what the site should do by visiting the Metropolitan section to see the maps, graphs, tables, etc. which can be filtered down to particular locations/issues. Ultimately their goal is to also allow people to download the information into a report format to use for advocacy for persons with disabilities. The site is still early on in its development, and they are working with the developers to try to figure out how to address accessibility issues with the visualizations, so input would be welcome! (Note: please focus on the visualizations themselves – they are already aware of other accessibility issues on the prototype website, which they will address with the developers)
- W3C: SVG Accessibility
- UW: Data Visualization Accessibility (accessibility roundup)
- Accessible SVGs: Complex images - an accessible graph (CSS-Tricks article)
- Highcharts accessibility module (JS graphing library)
- Semiotic accessibility (React graphing library)
- Introduction to TwoTone (sonification web app)
May 11, 2021: Access Urbana-Champaign website
This month we will look at the Access Urbana-Champaign website, which Bryan Jonker was recently asked to evaluate for accessibility. He would like additional input on the site, to make sure his evaluation is as complete as possible, and to catch anything he may have missed. In particular, are there any additional considerations for a site with an expected user base of people with disabilities?
April 13, 2021: Open Agenda
Feel free to bring any web projects you’d like evaluated from an accessibility perspective or topics that are on your mind! (Please send us URLs for web sites/applications in advance so we can be prepared to discuss any issues or questions.)
We’re always looking for websites and topics to discuss! Email us any time and we’ll add your site/topic to the agenda for an upcoming meeting.
March 9, 2021: Let’s talk navs!
Topic 1: Evaluating a jump menu implementation
Topic 2: Navigation menu for the new Accessible IT Group’s WordPress site
The Accessible IT Group will demonstrate the navigation menu they implemented for their WordPress website, including a walkthrough of both the interaction patterns and the code behind the menu that uses SVG graphics and CSS animations for indicating the actions and state of the menu items.