Episode 58

058 JSJ Building Accessible Websites with Brian Hogan


May 10th, 2013

50 mins 54 secs

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Brian Hogan (twitter github blog)
AJ O’Neal (twitter github blog)
Joe Eames (twitter github blog)
Merrick Christensen (twitter github)
Charles Max Wood (twitter github Teach Me To Code Rails Ramp Up)

00:55 - Brian Hogan Introduction

HTML5 and CSS3: Develop with Tomorrow's Standards Today by Brian Hogan
tmux: Productive Mouse-Free Development by Brian Hogan
Web Development Recipes by Brian P. Hogan, Chris Warren, Mike Weber, Chris Johnson, Aaron Godin
Development Editor with Pragmatic Bookshelf
Professor at Chippewa Valley Technical College

01:48 - What Accessibility Means
02:56 - Making Websites Accessible

People vs Users

06:06 - “The Right Things”

Responsive Web Design

09:00 - Tools & Techniques

Fahrner Image Replacement (FIR)
Web Fonts

14:56 - Manipulating the DOM


16:54 - Screen Resolution
19:24 - Typeahead
20:58 - Testing


23:11 - Resources

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)
Section 508

25:00 - Dealing with different kinds of impairments


28:08 - Ease of Accessibility & Empathy
31:41 - Interactive Pages
35:26 - Making things accessible vs not making things accessible

Making experiences better for everyone, period

42:09 - Resources Cont’d

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)
Pro HTML5 Accessibility by Joe O Conner
Design Accessible Web Sites: 36 Keys to Creating Content for All Audiences and Platforms by Jeremy Sydik

42:46 - Understanding Others’ Difficulties


Leviathan: Warships (Joe)
Star Command (Joe)
That Conference (Joe)
Lowes (AJ)
Friends (AJ)
Ticket to Ride (Chuck)
4 Pics 1 Word (Chuck)
Continuum (Chuck)
AngularJS (Brian)
Presentation Manager from Woojijuice (Brian)

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JavaScript Jabber: jQuery Mobile with Todd Parker
MERRICK:  Fine, don’t come to my talk.

CHUCK:  I won’t. I won’t even come to the conference.

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CHUCK:  Hey everybody, and welcome to Episode 58 of the JavaScript Jabber Show. This week on our panel, we have AJ O’Neal.

AJ:  Coming at you semi-live from ORM.

CHUCK:  Joe Eames.

JOE:  Hey everybody.

CHUCK:  Merrick Christensen.

MERRICK:  What’s up?

CHUCK:  I’m Charles Max Wood from Devchat.tv. And this week, we have a special guest. And that is Brian Hogan.

BRIAN:  Hello.

CHUCK:  Since you haven’t been on the show before, do you want to introduce your self really quickly?

BRIAN:  Sure, my name is Brian Hogan and I’m a web developer and I like to spend a lot of time hacking on code in Ruby and JavaScript. I also am an author. I’m a development editor with The Pragmatic Bookshelf. And I have a fabulous new gig where I get to teach brand new programmers how to get started programming now. So, that’s what I’m doing myself.

CHUCK:  So where’s that at?

AJ:  Cool.

BRIAN:  That’s at a little technical college in Eau Claire, Wisconsin called Chippewa Valley Technical College.

CHUCK:  Oh, cool. Yeah, speaking of your reviewing books for The Pragmatic Bookshelf, Ruby Rogues, we actually interviewed Bruce Williams and John Athayde about The Rails View this morning. They mentioned you, and I was like “Oh, we’re talking to him in a couple of hours.”

BRIAN:  Oh, those are some great guys and that’s a great book.

CHUCK:  Yup. So, the reason we brought you on the show is because, at least in my case, I know absolutely nothing about building accessible websites.