2014-12-06 Accessibility Camp Ottawa at Carleton University

Date: Saturday, December 6th, 2014

Time: Doors open at 8:30 am; event begins at 9:00 am and concludes at 5:00 pm

Place: 1125@Carleton (Human Computer Interaction Building (HCI), 4th and 5th floors at Carleton University)

Registration ($20, $30 late registration): http://a11yyow.ca/register/

The 2nd edition of a11yYOW will bring together the capital’s Web industry and the Ontario, Quebec and Canadian governments around the theme of web accessibility.

a11yYOW will feature a mix of speakers and unconference-style sessions, as well as an open panel discussion with representatives from the Canadian, Ontario and Quebec governments on their respective web accessibility standards.

It will be an ideal opportunity to reflect collectively on issues of accessibility with actors of the web industry, experts and representatives of public and private organizations and representatives of various levels of government!

The hashtag for this event is #a11yYOW

Follow us on Twitter @A11YYow

Check us out on Lanyrd http://lanyrd.com/2014/a11yyow/

Join the Meetup group to get updates on future events: http://www.meetup.com/a11yOttawa/


2014-12-02 The New Standard on Accessibility: WCAG 2.0

David Berman will be presenting a public course open to all, called  “The New Standard on Accessibility: WCAG 2.0” at OCADU Inclusive Design Research Centre in Toronto, Ontario on December 2, 2014.

They are offering a $120 discount to all professional members.

… more information about what David’s presenting:


and more information on the event overall:

A full-day comprehensive, powerful, and memorable event that explores WCAG 2.0: Web, Office, InDesign, and PDF. Walk away with immediately-applicable tips and techniques to make your sites and documents accessible.

…and here’s info on David Berman:


Making Modal Windows Better For Everyone

To you, modal windows might be a blessing of additional screen real estate, providing a way to deliver contextual information, notifications and other actions relevant to the current screen. On the other hand, modals might feel like a hack that you’ve been forced to commit in order to cram extra content on the screen. These are the extreme ends of the spectrum, and users are caught in the middle. Depending on how a user browses the Internet, modal windows can be downright confusing.

Modals quickly shift visual focus from one part of a website or application to another area of (hopefully related) content. The action is usually not jarring if initiated by the user, but it can be annoying and disorienting if it occurs automatically, as happens with the modal window’s evil cousins, the “nag screen” and the “interstitial.”

However, modals are merely a mild annoyance in the end, right? The user just has to click the “close” button, quickly skim some content or fill out a form to dismiss it.

Well, imagine that you had to navigate the web with a keyboard. Suppose that a modal window appeared on the screen, and you had very little context to know what it is and why it’s obscuring the content you’re trying to browse. Now you’re wondering, “How do I interact with this?” or “How do I get rid of it?” because your keyboard’s focus hasn’t automatically moved to the modal window.

This scenario is more common than it should be. And it’s fairly easy to solve, as long as we make our content accessible to all through sound usability practices.

For an example, I’ve set up a demo of an inaccessible modal window that appears on page load and that isn’t entirely semantic. First, interact with it using your mouse to see that it actually works. Then, try interacting with it using only your keyboard.

Making Modal Windows Better For Everyone

[Source: Smashing Magazine]

2013-06-21 The New Standard on Accessibility: WCAG 2.0 (course)

David Berman will be presenting a public course open to all, called “The New Standard on Accessibility: WCAG 2.0

Date: June 21, 2013
Location: The River Building, Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario.

All professional members of CapCHI, CPRS, GDC, IABC, RGD, PPPC are being can receive a $150 discount.

More information about what David’s presenting: http://www.davidberman.com/web-accessibility

More info on David Berman: http://www.davidberman.com/about