Nicolas Steenhout

Nicolas Steenhout

Nicolas Steenhout is a veteran of, and passionate advocate for, web accessibility. He has worked on web accessibility since the mid 1990's, has been on the core development team of FOSS projects such as Joomla! An international speaker, trainer, and consultant, Nic has worked with government, corporations, and small teams in web accessibility. Working with and for people with disabilities throughout the world has given Nic a unique insight into the challenges and solutions of web accessibility.

Vancouver 2017 sessions

Accessibility: Don't turn off that JavaScript just yet!

English session - Beginner

Long gone are the days when in order to be considered accessible, pages had to work flawlessly without scripting. Scripting has also come a long way, and developers are now even leveraging the powers of JavaScript to rewrite content content in order to make it more accessible to ATs. This presentation will cover some of the issues that can arise from using JavaScript, and how scripting can be used in a way that still ensures accessibility.

Compare code of accessibility barriers with a screen reader

English session - Beginner

I will demonstrate what the top 5 accessibility barriers are for screenreader users. We will interact with problematic code with a screen reader to get a good idea of what the issues are. We will discuss simple rewrites to improve accessibility. We will compare improved and old code behaviour. We will go through problematic alternate text, poorly labelled forms, lack of headings, badly formed data tables, and keyboard navigation.

Montreal 2016 sessions

Montreal 2013 sessions