Pre-Conference Workshop

Introduction to W3C Accessible Rich Internet Accessibility (ARIA) and Screen Readers

Wednesday, April 6, 1:30-4:30pm

In this workshop participants will learn how the Accessible Rich Internet Application (ARIA) 1.2 and HTML5 specifications can be used to make web resources more accessible and comply with WCAG standards and support a wide range of assistive technologies. The workshop includes a hands-on coding experience creating a simple ARIA enabled widget to see how the use of roles, properties and states changes the user experience for people using screen readers. The example will be tested using keyboard interaction, high contrast settings and screen readers including VoiceOver, JAWS and NVDA.  More complex ARIA enabled widgets for menus, date pickers, and image carousels will also be demonstrated and tested to learn more about design issues with using ARIA and the effects on screen reader experience.  Participants will learn how the ARIA Authoring Practices can be used to provide feedback to developers and designers on how to create accessible widgets when accessibility issues are discovered.


  • Jon Gunderson

    Coordinator of DRES Accessible IT Group, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign