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Authoring Accessible Content Workshop

An all-new, full-day online training about authoring accessible content! Bring our very own Accessibility Analyst to your desktop or conference room on April 30th from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM (CT). Register for this workshop »

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April 30, 2020 · 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM CT

More users, easier to maintain code, and support accessibility requirements

In this workshop, Emily Lewis demonstrates how semantic HTML is the foundation for websites and an integral part of digital accessibility.

She’ll share examples of the most common accessibility problems, and how semantic HTML solves those problems — without any advanced coding knowledge or using bulky frameworks.

Emily will also demonstrate keyboard-only interactions and screen-reader announcements, so you can see and hear first-hand how semantic HTML allows people of all abilities to better interact with your content.

You’ll learn semantic and accessible HTML design patterns for common site content:

  • Headings
  • Lists
  • UI controls
  • Forms
  • Data tables
  • Images, video, and audio

And how these semantic patterns can be extended into building accessible interactive components with the addition of simple ARIA, CSS, and JS:

  • Disclosures
  • Accordions
  • Tabs
  • Dialogs

You’ll also learn about the power of semantic HTML beyond accessibility:

  • Lean code for faster page performance
  • Standardized code for quicker development
  • Human-readable code for easier maintenance
  • Machine-readable code for better SEO

Build a strong foundation for accessibility, speed, and SEO by developing with semantic HTML!

Workshop Takeaways

  • Lean code for faster page performance
  • Standardized code for quicker development
  • Human-readable code for easier maintenance
  • Machine-readable code for better SEO

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Who should attend?

  • For people at all web development levels.


  • Familiarity with HTML, CSS, and browser inspect tools is helpful, but not required.

About HTML5

HTML (HyperText Markup Language) is the most basic building block of the Web. It defines the meaning and structure of web content. Other technologies besides HTML are generally used to describe a web page's appearance/presentation (CSS) or functionality/behavior (JavaScript).

HTML5 is the fifth and last major version of HTML that is a World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) recommendation. The current specification is maintained by a consortium of the major browser vendors (Apple, Google, Mozilla, and Microsoft), the Web Hypertext Application Technology Working Group (WHATWG).

Emily Lewis

About Emily Lewis

Emily Lewis is a front-end developer with a passion for inclusive design. A “standardista” at heart, Emily specializes in accessibility, semantics and user experience. Formerly the owner of a web services agency, she also specializes in digital project management.

With more than 20 years working in the industry, Emily believes education and community are vital to making the web more diverse, inclusive and accessible. To that end, she co-hosted the renowned web podcast CTRL+CLICK CAST and served as Managing Editor for Web Standards Sherpa. She also wrote Microformats Made Simple and contributed to HTML5 Cookbook.

Currently, she advocates for digital accessibility through writing, public speaking and training.

Authoring Accessible Content Workshop Schedule

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Start time is at 9:30 AM CT, New York - 10:30 AM, San Francisco - 7:30 AM, London - 2:30 PM

Schedule with times in U.S. Central Time (CT):

  • 9:30 AM CT: Morning Session
  • 11:30 AM CT: Break
  • 1:30 PM CT: Workshop Ends

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After Registration

Once registered, an order confirmation arrives in your email. A few moments later after you have registered, the person assigned the ticket receives an event details email that includes, among other things:

  • A calendar invite to add the event to your calendar
  • A unique link to join the event on the day of the conference

Also, as the event draws near, ticket holders will receive email reminders, so they don’t miss a thing!

On the day of the online event, enjoy and learn! In one to two weeks after the event, you will be notified that recordings have been posted so you can review and share with your team.

Have any questions?

Feel free to contact us if there’s anything else you’d like to know.