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A humbling experience through web accessibility

When 2014-09-09 | 18:30:00  
Event Title A humbling experience through web accessibility
Presenter Hany Elemary
Where OCLC's Kilgour building auditorium
Event description:


“We are sending him on a treasure hunt.” Said Bob, our product analyst, after our accessibility test. “The more cues we can give upfront, the more successful he can navigate around the interface.”

Visually impaired/legally blind folks navigate software in ways most of us, developers, are oblivious to. As a software engineer, watching an accessibility test can humble you pretty quickly. In this session, we will discuss our humbling experience with accessibility at OCLC while working on and WorldCat for local institutions. We will explore accessibility automation tools and screen readers, discuss best practices to achieve better usability, and uncover accessibility myths and misconceptions. We will also share insight into baking accessibility in the development workflow. Last but not least, developing empathy can only happen when you’re in someone’s shoes (experiencing something first/second hand). So, we will work through live demos of accessible/inaccessible apps.

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Hany Elemary is a Sr. Software Engineer at OCLC in Columbus Ohio, currently working on the next generation of web/mobile apps for and WorldCat for local institutions. Hany has been blessed by a diverse experience from working in multiple companies (small software shops to large corporations) and seeing different releasable software strategies. He has clear focus and passion for mobile/web UI design, interactions, usability and accessibility.

Venue OCLC's Kilgour building auditorium
Street address 6565 Kilgour Place Dublin OH 43017-3395

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