• 39th CSUN Assistive Technology Conference - March 18-22, 2024 at the Anaheim Marriott

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Beyond the Button: Making Complex Interfaces Accessible

Date & Time
Thursday, March 21, 2024 - 9:20 AM PDT  
Platinum 5 (VISPERO)  
People can make many simple and easy changes to their HTML to make a site more accessible. Using a real button rather than a custom-made one is the poster child for the benefits of native HTML over ARIA-laden constructions. But in reality, few sites or applications have such simple functionality that can be fixed with easy fixes like this. Patterns exist for some more complex (and common) user interface elements (such as dialogs, comboboxes, and accordions), but you run out of 'off-the-shelf' solutions at some point. In this talk, we look at some more challenging user interfaces with no real precedent that need more creativity and experimentation to make them accessible. We will cover what WCAG SCs would fail if left as-is and feature some before-and-after demonstrations of the tricky interfaces, showing how much better things can be.  
  • Information & Communications Technology
  • Disability Specific
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Session Summary (Abstract)
Using native HTML on a site provides a good base level of accessibility. Using ARIA patterns for more complex components helps, but sometimes UIs are more complex than that. How do you handle more tricky interfaces that have no precedent?  
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Secondary Topics
  • Design
  • Development
  • Digital Accessibility
Session Type
General Track  


  • Ian Lloyd

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