Accessibility in JavaScript refers to the ability of a website or application to be used by people with disabilities. This includes providing features such as support for keyboard navigation, alternative text for images, and high-contrast color schemes. Accessible JavaScript also means that code is written in a way that can be understood and used by all users, regardless of their disability.
DevOps.js Conf 2024DevOps.js Conf 2024
24 min
Accessible CI/CD
CI/CD has been essential for any productive web product development and release. However, while accessibility is always an important aspect for any Web product included UI, it is often overlooked or considered as a time-consuming manual step, outside of the CI/CD flow. How can we automate accessibility testing within our CI/CD for better developer experience and team collaboration? What tools can we use to integrate and leverage accessibility compliance in our CI/CD? Join my talk and let's find out.
React Summit US 2023React Summit US 2023
27 min
Design Systems Carnival! One Accessible Component, Many Pretty Masks
Design System components are like guests at a Venetian Carnival, enjoying the festivities. One guest — the disclosure widget — wears three distinct masks, elevating a Carnival to a Masquerade Ball. Or… is it? What kind of Carnival are you attending if those masks get mixed? In this talk, you’ll learn the secret to creating a reusable — and accessible — component that can masquerade as many and give your component library access to the most exclusive of Carnival attractions.
React Advanced Conference 2023React Advanced Conference 2023
41 min
Automating Accessibility Testing for Your Component Library
Are you a developer tired of manual accessibility testing and the long feedback loops it entails? Do you want to efficiently audit and test the accessibility of your components while saving time and effort? Look no further! In this talk, we’ll explore how Storybook, a widely-used open source tool to document your UI components, can be used to automate accessibility testing.
React Advanced Conference 2023React Advanced Conference 2023
23 min
Nested Interactive Elements: An Nightmare in Accessibility
There have been numerous remarkable new UX experiences developed over the years, such as cards displaying an array of products and clickable list items with dynamic menu options, among others. However, only a few are aware of the challenges involved in building these structures with accessibility in mind, and unfortunately, some of them are completely inaccessible. 
In today's talk, we will explore some of these prevalent web UX patterns and delve into the hidden challenges they present. While we may be able to mitigate some of these issues, others serve as cautionary tales in accessibility.
React Advanced Conference 2023React Advanced Conference 2023
30 min
Thinking Differently About a11y – Accessible Website Design for the Neurospicy
Did you know that approximately 1 in 7 people are neurodivergent? Within that group there is an entire spectrum of people whose brains process information differently. However, as frontend engineers we often forget to take these idiosyncrasies into account, or choose to simply apply industry standards such as WCAG 2.1 AA without digging deeper. In this talk, Steph shares some of the ways you can create better web experiences for the neurodivergent.
React Advanced Conference 2023React Advanced Conference 2023
28 min
How Popovers Are About to Become a Whole Lot Easier to Build
You've probably build one of these before: tooltips, date pickers, menus, teaching UI… they're all examples of “popover” content. Good news: it's going to get a whole lot easier to build these, with some proposed web platform features. You might not even need JavaScript. In this talk, you’ll learn all about the upcoming ‘popover’ attribute, when to use modality and access to the top layer.
React Summit 2023React Summit 2023
9 min
WHOA, I Wrote This React App With My Voice!
Have you ever imagined writing code without even touching the keyboard? In this talk, I'll show you how I wrote a React app with my voice. But more importantly, I'll demonstrate how this technology can developers with disabilities to write code with ease and efficiency. Together, we'll explore the ways in which voice-activated AI assistants can revolutionize the way we think about coding. Join me as we explore the exciting possibilities of voice-activated AI programming in the React community and the ways in which it can make React coding more accessible and fun for everyone.
React Summit 2023React Summit 2023
30 min
Making Interactions Accessible to All Users
Are your websites accessible to all users? Are all the users able to interact with your application as intended regardless of their disabilities? Accessibility often remains an afterthought even today, and I am here to share how we can change that. In this talk, we will explore best practices for designing and building user interactions for websites that are accessible and user-friendly for our users. Using semantic HTML and ARIA attributes, we will cover strategies for interaction from a simple button, to navigation, to different form elements and custom components.
JSNation 2023JSNation 2023
30 min
Accessible Component System Through Customization
Most current UI libraries provide great user experience with a vast of components. But when it comes to heavy customization, and non-standard scenarios, especially for E-Commerce, they become hard to manage, scale or even slow down performance.
How to create a UI library that provides users the most possible freedom in customizing components, while keeping our performance and scalability to the fullest? How much accessible we can provide out of the box to our users? How much customization freedom is enough?
That's what my talk's about.
JSNation 2023JSNation 2023
10 min
Dialog Dilemmas and Modal Mischief: A Deep Dive Into Pop-Ups
Our design systems commonly feature components that show on top of other content: tooltips, date pickers, menus and teaching UI, to name just a few. Proposed updates to the web platform are about to make building these a whole lot easier. You might not even need JavaScript. In this talk, you’ll learn all about the upcoming ‘popover’ attribute, modality and the top layer.
Vue.js London 2023Vue.js London 2023
24 min
Conquering Forms in Vue
Web forms are the connective tissue of the internet. Without them, people cannot request their health records, apply for university, order pad thai, or book a plane ticket. Yet too often, the tools we use to build those forms are a grab bag of libraries and DIY solutions that can result in a subpar user experience, poor accessibility, and low maintainability.In this talk, we will introduce FormKit — a form-building framework — and explore how this tool can empower Vue developers to write consistent, accessible, even delightful forms without spending a lifetime building them.Talk table of contents:- The problem with forms, why they’re hard- Introduction to FormKit- Input library- Validation- Accessibility- Form architecture- Generating forms from JSON- Next steps and closing statements
Remix Conf Europe 2022Remix Conf Europe 2022
11 min
Demystifying Web Accessibility
Accessibility is a decisive tool to make the internet a more inclusive place, it is absolutely crucial and despite the popular belief that only a small user group is affected, it benefits every single one of us. After a brief introduction, we will dive into practical tools to create more accessible websites and test for the most common web accessibility issues. Let's make the web more inclusive, one page at a time!
React Advanced Conference 2022React Advanced Conference 2022
23 min
My Accessibility Journey: the Quest for an Accessible Component Library
Creating web applications can be challenging. Creating accessible ones - even more so. However the real challenge lies in maintaining accessibility in your project since it requires knowledge and skills beyond those of traditional web development. To make this happen, one must choose the proper tools to keep the accessibility level high when code gets refactored, monitor the accessibility status and test it automatically during CI. To tackle these challenges, I’ll introduce a different approach that intertwines accessibility into the gut of the web application by creating an accessible React components library. I’ll discuss the principles, tools and techniques I use to test and maintain the accessibility level over time, and provide you with the initial recipe to drive the accessibility change in your organization.
React Advanced Conference 2022React Advanced Conference 2022
21 min
How Time-Consuming Is It to Build an Accessible Mobile App?
The most common misconceptions about accessibility are that it is time-consuming or can be easily left as the last thing to be added. But, of course, this is not the case. We’ll look at how easy and quick adopting accessibility as a First-Class Citizen and, on the contrary, how difficult and time-consuming it is to add accessibility to an existing project.
React Advanced Conference 2022React Advanced Conference 2022
31 min
Creating an Accessible Web Together in 5 Simple Steps
Accessibility is often left as an afterthought in the software development cycle. However, with 5 simple techniques, we can build accessibility in our apps from the get-go. In this talk, I will talk about how to test for accessibility, aria tags you need to know, and how to use them. We will see a walkthrough of how jarring a non-accessible app can be for users, and how to fix it. We will also look at how Slack has built an accessible app while going above and beyond.
React Summit 2022React Summit 2022
25 min
Lifting Privacy and Accessibility Up
In React, Lifting State Up is a core concept. The aim of this talk is address two very important concerns in our landscape: privacy and accessibility and how we can achieve it and built in right from the components.
This talk will show my work with a little open source component ad its evolution to address privacy and accessibility with the help of community and how we as developers need to care and ship the best for our people using our tools down to the most simple component.
JSNation 2022JSNation 2022
22 min
Building UIs - By the People, for the People!
What if you get to know that your UI is not usable to roughly 20% of the world? And also you might be sued due to it in many countries? It's normal to get terrified but thanks to a concept called accessibility that we can resolve this and make our UI more reachable and in a much exciting way with this talk!
JSNation 2022JSNation 2022
21 min
Accessibility Credit and How to Pay it
Tech debt comes as free credit for our lack of experience, wrong deadlines or simply a mix of bad decisions; but no matter how it gets there, the cost is usually on accessibility. The first to sacrify is the one tool that allows all people to surf the web without constraints.How do we tackle a technical debt for accessibility? Where do we begin? How fast and far can we get? In this talk we will go through real-world examples on how to begin fixing the most important technical debt out there.
JSNation 2022JSNation 2022
24 min
a11y and TDD: A Perfect Match
Accessibility has been web development's ugly duckling for quite some time now. I often get asked, "when should you test for a11y in your apps?" My answer is simple, "right from the start!". Regardless of the framework considered - React, Svelte, Vue, YourOwn™️ - as developers we are in a privileged position to help the ugly duckling grow into a beautiful swan. How? By diving deep into the pond and harnessing the power of Javascript APIs to build the right components for your web apps. And how can do you know you are building them right? By pairing Test Driven Development with the Testing Library family. Ready to grow your web apps into swans?
TestJS Summit 2021TestJS Summit 2021
30 min
Configuring Axe Accessibility Tests
Top Content
Axe-core is a popular accessibility testing engine that is used Google, Microsoft, and hundreds of other companies to ensure that their websites are accessible. Axe-core can even integrate into many popular testing frameworks, tools, and IDEs. In this advanced session, we'll be learning how to configure axe and its integrations to fine tune how it runs and checks your pages and code for accessibility violations.
React Advanced Conference 2021React Advanced Conference 2021
32 min
How to do Good Without Doing Anything
There’s no arguing that building accessible websites is a force for good. But ensuring that our React websites and apps work for everyone can be time-consuming and isn’t always easy to get right. Luckily, investing a little bit of time on your accessibility workflow and setting up a series of automated tools will end up saving you tons of time and energy in the long run.In this talk I will demonstrate how you can leverage automated tools, clearly documented code standards and a well-defined development process in order to make building and testing accessible React apps a breeze. I will discuss the ways that I automate certain aspects of my development workflows to catch accessibility errors, define and set up tests and go through the entire lifecycle of accessibility feature development using a real-world example.
React Finland 2021React Finland 2021
32 min
The Digital Accessibility Legal Landscape – why it matters for developers
Digital accessibility is a human right of people with disabilities around the globe. That means developers have an important role to play in advancing human rights! Join U.S. disability rights lawyer Lainey Feingold for a practical interactive discussion about laws and policies around the globe that impact digital accessibility. Come learn best practices for digital accessibility and how we all can “put the law in our pocket” to help make the digital world inclusive for everyone.
React Summit 2020React Summit 2020
24 min
Accessibility as a First Class Citizen
All too often A11Y is only an afterthought and will be added to a project "when we have time" i.e. never. But there are a many reasons why you should develop with a11y in mind from the start including some that will convince The Higher-Ups. We'll explore tools we can use to help us develop more accessibly and talk about some of the quirks and limitations that React Native has.
React Summit 2020React Summit 2020
32 min
React Accessibility: Beyond the Basics
Accessibility in React has been a hot topic in the last few years, but in this talk, we'll be going beyond the basics. We'll discuss what disability means beyond what you've heard before, and then use code examples to learn why semantic HTML is helpful, and when it's just not enough. We'll then look into tooling, and talk about how you can introduce accessibility testing into your teams and existing code. You'll leave with the tools and knowledge to make a difference starting today.
TestJS Summit - January, 2021TestJS Summit - January, 2021
27 min
Achieving A11y Automation Testing
Accessibility testing has come a long way in recent years. We'll dive into how EmberJS prioritized A11y with meaningful RFC's, Addons, tooling and docs. Most importantly, we'll discuss how these successes can be applied to your very own apps be they Vue, React, Angular or anything else!
React Summit Remote Edition 2021React Summit Remote Edition 2021
34 min
Building Accessible React Components
With the growing community and great tutorials, it's fairly easy nowadays to start building web applications with React. However, the vital aspect of accessibility is often missing which leads to web applications creating exclusions. Nothing in React prevents us from building accessible web experiences, but we need to learn to harness its power in the right way while dealing with some unique challenges caused creating web pages with JavaScript. This talk will focus on how to solve these issues in the context of React. It'll also emphasis why it is important to build accessible web apps. In the end, I will also share some cool stuff and tools in order to make your web app more accessible.