The Truth About JavaScript and Accessibility

90 minutes

You’ve been told that you can’t use JavaScript if you want it to be accessible. That’s just plain false, and we’re here to show you why and how you can use JavaScript to keep your interfaces fresh, modern and dynamic and meet your accessibility goals. Join accessibility expert Derek Featherstone in this virtual seminar for practical techniques for creating accessible JavaScript.

You’ve likely heard this before:

If you want it to be accessible, you can’t use JavaScript.

Screen readers don’t understand JavaScript.

Well, I call BS.

You can’t believe everything you hear.

The problem isn’t JavaScript—it’s how it is being used. 

We’re bringing you this virtual seminar to help dispel the myths about JavaScript and Accessibility once and for all. You’re going to see how JavaScript can actually be used to enhance accessibility.

(What did he say? JavaScript can be used to make things MORE accessible?)

You’ll get a better understanding of how assistive technology like screen readers, magnifiers and other software works with JavaScript. You’ll see the top 3 traps that developers fall into when using JavaScript, and we’ll walk you through basic strategies and techniques to avoid them. Then we’ll show you how to move beyond providing accessibility at a technical level so that you can start delivering interfaces using JavaScript that are more accessible and easier for everyone to use, including people with disabilities.

Real world solutions for real world problems

This seminar includes practical advice and techniques that are based on real world scenarios. And, because you’re getting access to the archive of the seminar, you can revisit it over and over so that you’re truly confident knowing “The Truth about JavaScript and Accessibility”—how you can use JavaScript effectively and accessibly in your work.

In 90 minutes (including a dedicated Question & Answer block), we’ll share with you what we know works based on the work we’ve done helping others make dynamic interfaces accessible. Financial institutions, government departments and retail operations all want to use JavaScript in their web sites and applications. We’ve helped dozens of them achieve their goal of using JavaScript in their interfaces to keep things fresh, responsive and dynamic but still meet their accessibility goals.

Derek Featherstone will lead you through common problems in the use of JavaScript and accessibility, with a look at how we can solve these issues with solid principles, simple techniques and thorough testing. You’ll learn strategies that help you ensure that you’re hitting the mark when it comes to dialog boxes, dynamic error messages, contextual help for form fields, keyboard interaction, and much more.

What you’ll learn

  • Techniques that help ensure your interface is easy to understand, especially for people that can’t see it.
  • How to test for full keyboard accessibility.
  • The top 3 accessibility traps to avoid when using JavaScript on your site.

What you'll get

  • Instruction from one of the world’s top experts in accessible design and development.
  • Access to a full archive of the virtual seminar including a copy of the slides, the audio and a transcript. Perfect if you can’t attend live, or need to revisit the material for your next project.