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Evaluating Accessibility with Browser Developer Tools

Date & Time
Monday, March 18, 2024 - 9:00 AM PDT  
Platinum 2  
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Session Summary (Abstract)
A browser inspector is an essential tool for any web accessibility tester, but it can be intimidating for people who do not consider themselves Developers or for those who are new to the accessibility features in DevTools. During this workshop, we will practice using Chrome Developer tools to quickly find accessibility information like contrast, role, name, and keyboard accessibility (we will explain all these terms). We will also use Chrome to dig deeper into advanced contrast testing (including different element "states") and will used the "Accessibility" tab to see what information is being conveyed to screen readers, ARIA that is being used, and more.
While you do not need to be familiar with DevTools, familiarity with HTML and web accessibility principles is recommended. Developers already familiar with DevTools are also welcome. Bring your Windows or Mac laptop to take full advantage of the workshop.
Learning Objectives

Use the "Select an element" feature in Chrome DevTools to find important accessibility information at a glance.
Become comfortable using the "Accessibility" tab DevTools to identify important accessibility information
Understand how to use Developer Tools to test contrast, change browser states, and modify the webpage

Jonathan Whiting
Jonathan is the director of training at WebAIM. His main passion is helping others learn to make the web more accessible to people with disabilities. With a master's degree in Instructional Technology and 20 years of experience in the field of web accessibility, Jonathan has published dozens of articles, tutorials, and other instructional resources. He has traveled extensively to train thousands of web developers and other professionals who develop or maintain web content.
Rob Carr
Accessibility Coordinator at WebAIM. Rob has been in the digital accessibility
space since 2010. He has spent loads of time training, consulting, and learning
about digital accessibility topics large and small. Rob has worked with
thousands of individuals and dozens of organizations on everything from
accessibility in a single PDF to integrating accessibility into organizations’
digital strategies. Rob presents at national conferences, organizes the
occasional conference, and tries to be more active and less snarky on LinkedIn.  
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  • Jonathan Whiting
  • Rob Carr

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