When we develop a new web application, we often put a lot of work on the design, on making it beautiful and usable. In other words, we want our web app to be effective, efficient, and satisfying for the user. But a lot of times we don’t think about the user experience for people with disabilities, including people with age-related impairments. Web accessibility (a11y ) means that people with disabilities can perceive, understand, navigate, and interact with websites and tools, and that they can contribute equally without barriers.” (Source: W3C - Web Accessibility Initiative). Our role as frontend and web developers is to create clear interfaces to make people understand and care about data, independently of their disabilities or impairments, but what we, developers, often forget is to ensure that the code we write follows the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), and the only way to achieve that is testing, either manual or automated. Automated web a11y tests can free up our QA team from manual testing every part of our application…but…they can’t automatically, and magically, make our site accessible. We should use automated a11y tests as one step of a larger testing process. Don’t forget that only 20% to 50% of all accessibility issues can automatically be detected.


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👏 👏 👏 Great talk

Matteo Ronchi at 12:08 on 21 Apr 2022

Awesome talk! We need more talk like this one!

Lots of useful tips to improve our accessibility focus in our daily workflows!

Really interesting great talk!

Menghini Luca at 12:09 on 21 Apr 2022

The a11y issue is not discussed enough usually, thanks Adrian for bringing this talk. Brilliant, insightful and well explained and reasoned.

Matteo at 12:10 on 21 Apr 2022

Really great talk. 👏 👏 👏

Lorenzo Pieri at 12:12 on 21 Apr 2022

Insanely brilliant! So much to learn about this topic

Ania Kowalska at 12:13 on 21 Apr 2022

The best talk so far and very important one, thanks!

Miriam Sibona at 12:40 on 21 Apr 2022

Really inspiring talk!

Marius Trica at 12:52 on 21 Apr 2022

Really good talking. Congrats

Lorena R. at 17:05 on 21 Apr 2022

Totally agree and I just loved the conclusive tips

Luca Alicata at 10:57 on 22 Apr 2022

Very interesting

Giancarlo at 18:31 on 22 Apr 2022

Awesome talk on an argument that (sometimes) is so underrated!

We really need more passionate talk like this! It was enlightening

Alessandro at 15:46 on 13 May 2022

Great talk. Thanks 🙏🏻