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Crash Course in ARIA with Dafydd Henke-Reed

Just two days to go until our next Front Endgineers event (woo hoo!). Ahead of the session we caught up with our third speaker, Dafydd Henke-Reed. Dafydd is a senior Accessibility and Usability Consultant for AbilityNet. He helps to lead a team who provide consultancy for clients such as Microsoft, HSBC and the NHS, ensuring accessible apps, websites and more.

On Thursday Dafydd will present ‘Crash Talk in ARIA’, providing a robust grounding in how to leverage ARIA (Accessible Rich Internet Application) to improve your websites. We wanted to find out a bit more about what we can expect…

Who do you think should come along and why?

Anyone interested in developing accessible websites, supporting assistive technology, and ensuring that everyone can enjoy what we make.

What do you think are the three most interesting questions that this event will answer?

  • What is the easiest way to ensure accessibility?
  • Why should I care about accessibility?
  • What are the most common mistakes?

Why do you think this presentation is important for people?

Developing accessible websites is not particularly challenging. However, it is also easy to create something that is entirely inaccessible. Small tweaks can enable millions of visitors. A small tweak can also exclude the same number of people. The hero and villain in both situations is ARIA. This talk will give a grounding in effective ARIA usage.

Any advice for junior developers entering the industry?

An impressive portfolio isn’t necessarily full of whizz-bang examples. What is often most impressive is stability, performance, and scalability. When trying to impress, do not sacrifice minimalist, standards-conformant solutions in an attempt to re-invent the digital wheel. Whatever you make, ensure that it is robust.

Don’t forget, we’ll also be joined on Thursday by Amanda Cavallaro, software developer at resolver.co.uk with her talk ‘Google Assistant: Interactions and Sentiments aiding Customers and Businesses’; plus, Tara Ojo, software engineer at FutureLearn, presenting ‘Junior.next()’.

The event kicks off at 18:30 at Skills Matter, EC2M 7EB. You can find the full details and RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/an-evening-of-front-end-talks-november-2018-tickets-51581689221

See you there!