Accessibility in Single Page Applications

13th June 2017 in London at CodeNode

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With the new generation of websites comes whole new challenges to make them accessible to everyone. Join Callum Macrae as he explains how to make single page applications available to everyone!

As developers, we have a responsibility to make sure that as many people as possible can use the websites and applications that we create. But with a new generation of websites—single page applications—come a new set of challenges for users with disabilities, and the assistive technology they use to browse the web. Client-side routing, custom input elements, and shiny animated content: all things that screen readers can struggle with if the developer who implemented it didn't consider accessibility. During this talk, I'll explain what we as developers can do to ensure that our single page applications are usable by everyone, including people who might not use a keyboard, mouse and screen like the majority of us do. I'll show how some assistive technology is used, and demonstrate how some common mistakes we make affect people using that assistive technology.


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Accessibility in Single Page Applications

Callum Macrae

Callum Macrae is a JavaScript developer and occasional musician based in London, UK, working at personalised children's publishers Lost My Name. He regularly contributes to open source projects including gulp and his own projects and is the author of Learning from jQuery, a book about writing JavaScript without using jQuery. He can be found on Twitter and GitHub as @callumacrae.