Explore with Hadi meetings

Upcoming meetings

September 8, 2020: Lessons Learned: Testing Rokwire on the Mobile Platform

Posted 1 month ago

Tim Offenstein has spent the past several months working with the Rokwire team to develop 2 mobile apps: the Illinois app and the Safer Illinois app. He will talk about the lessons learned from that experience and, along with Hadi Rangin, demonstrate testing techniques in the mobile environment.

This is Tim's final EWH before he retires later this month. Join us to wish him a fond farewell!

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.

Tags: Mobile, Testing

Past meetings

August 11, 2020: PDF: Accessibility 1, 2, 3!

Posted 2 months ago

Campus PDF expert Christy Blew will join us this month to talk Portable Document Format, a.k.a PDF! Acrobat has come a long way through the years to help check for accessibility. Learn a bit about what makes a PDF accessible and how the built in accessibility checker can help you save time in verifying documents when it comes to remediation.

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.

Tags: PDF

July 14, 2020: Considering Accessibility When Creating Your Help Desk Style Guide

Posted 2 months ago

Accessibility needs to be addressed with all interactions, and one of the most common types of interactions is between help desk support and the end user. How can we help technicians send messages that not only help people, but make sure that these messages can be read and understood by all users regardless of physical disabilities? This month, we're going to look at how a help desk style guide can be written with accessibility in mind. We're going to look at several examples, including:

We would love to have content authors join us for this discussion, as it is particularly applicable to their work. Please feel free to invite anyone who might be interested in joining our discussion!

Tags: Style Guides, Content Authoring

June 9, 2020: W3C ARIA Authoring Practices 1.2 for Developers and Evaluators

Posted 2 months ago

Mark McCarthy and Jon Gunderson's IT Pro Forum session: W3C ARIA Authoring Practices 1.2 for Developers and Evaluators on June 4 was interesting and informative, so they're going to join us for Explore with Hadi to reprise the presentation and answer your questions. For those who missed it, here's another chance to hear them talk. And for those who did catch it, this is your chance to ask some questions now that you've had a chance to mull over what you learned.

Tags: Evaluation, WCAG

May 12, 2020: New Campus Marketing Standards

Posted 6 months ago

Strategic Marketing & Branding at the University of Illinois is currently developing new branding and marketing standards for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, including standardized designs of common site elements. We will discuss how they have incorporated accessibility considerations into their design and development process. They are interested in sharing what they've been working on and receiving feedback from the group about their solutions.

Tags: Branding, Marketing

April 14, 2020: The Art of Accessibility Evaluation

Posted 4 months ago

This month Tim Offenstein will answer several questions about accessibility evaluation. How do we make sure our IT products are usable and functional for disabled audiences? Someone has to evaluate the product, ideally at an early stage of the development lifecycle, in order to ensure we're not creating obstacles in what we produce and purchase. How is this done? What process is used to create an Accessibility Report so that we can be reasonably certain our products are inclusive for all audiences? This presentation will take you through the steps commonly used to determine how functionally accessible a given product can be. We'll try out some automated checkers and assistive technology to see what they can tell us. The presentation may even help you catch some issues on your next project!

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.

Tags: Evaluation, Checklists