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Workshops at Australian Accessibility Conference

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Mobile Accessibility Testing Workshop (full-day)

Learn all about Mobile Accessibility Testing in this full-day, hands-on workshop taught by Gian Wild, AccessibilityOz CEO. Gian is an accessibility testing expert, and co-chair of the ICT Accessibility Testing Symposium’s Native App Testing and Mobile Site Testing Sub-Committees.

You’ll learn about mobile testing concepts and methods and get hands-on experience in using the newest test processes. You’ll also learn how to apply testing methods in practice for different platforms and different situations.

Date: Monday 10th February, 2020

Time: 9 AM to 5 PM

Cost: $100

This full day advanced testing session covers a wide range of advanced testing topics:

  • Overview of the current mobile testing methodology, published by the ICT Accessibility Testing Symposium’s Native App Testing and Mobile Testing Sub-Committees
  • About mobile testing, including test cases
  • Types of mobile sites
  • Testing methods
  • Capturing errors
  • Examples of mobile accessibility errors
  • Variations on the page (responsive sites only)
  • Mobile testing methodology
  • Identify what needs to be tested
  • Test critical mobile-specific interoperability
  • Test mobile-specific interaction
  • Test mobile assistive technology support
  • Test mobile and desktop relationship errors
  • Test non-specific mobile issues common on mobile.

Registration is open via Humanitix. Places are limited so please book soon!

Mini Workshops

A maximum of 20 people focus on a topic in a session lasting from 60 to 90 minutes. They’re free to registered conference attendees. You can attend as many as you like (bearing in mind they are on at the same time as some presentations). We do need you to register your interest so we can properly manage group numbers.

Mini Workshop One

  • 11am-12:30pm, Tue 11 Feb 2020
  • How to test the accessibility of your mobile websites and apps, led by Gian Wild

Unsure of how to test your mobile website or apps for accessibility? This session is for you! Join Gian Wild, CEO of AccessibilityOz, for a seminar describing how to test your digital media on mobile devices, as well as why it’s so important. Learn the most up-to-date Mobile Accessibility Testing Methodology, recently updated by the ICT Accessibility Testing Symposium’s Mobile Site Testing and Native App Testing Sub-Committees.

Mini Workshop Two

  • 1:30pm-2:30pm, Tue 11 Feb 2020
  • ADIA - Inclusive Access Strategy, led by Natalie Collins

The Australian Digital Inclusion Alliance (ADIA) is a shared initiative with over 400 business, government, academic and community organisations working together to accelerate action on digital inclusion. Our vision is to reduce the digital divide and enable greater social and economic participation for everyone in Australia. The ADIA has a strategy and an initial plan to improve inclusive access. The accessibility community plays an important role inmaking this plan work.

This session will outline current activities, where we want to be in the longer term, as well as ways you can be involved. If you’re passionate about ensuring equal and inclusive access to technology and online information for everyone and want to get involved, come along to this session.

Mini Workshop Three

  • 1:20pm-2:30pm, Wed 12 Feb 2020
  • The benefits of working with edge-case users, led by Eloise Cleary

When it comes to usability testing there are some key Dos and Don’ts. In this workshop Eloise Cleary will outline the benefits of usability testing, its link to WCAG and the additional benefits of working with edge users. The interactive session will also highlight the needs of users, who to choose and simple tools to make the process easier.

Mini Workshop Four

  • 3:00pm-4:30pm, Wed 12 Feb 2020
  • Standards and Policies, led by Liddy Nevile

This session provides an opportunity for those with constructive ideas and criticisms to air their views and start to chart a path through the morass perhaps according to the roles people play, the problems they have and their circumstances. Should we have a single set of rules for accessibility in Australia? How might Australia recommend digital information and service providers work to increase inclusion for all?

Mini Workshop Five

  • 1:20pm-2:30pm, Thu 13 Feb 2020
  • Plain language standards, led by Liddy Nevile and Simonette Carter

Following a presentation from Simonette Carter about the need for accessible language, this mini-workshop will focus on the work of international community Globish, to form consensus around an easy-to-learn, easy-to-understand limited version of English for international, accessible use. The work of Jean-Paul Nerrière will be presented and participants will discuss the benefits or otherwise of the approach suggested. is a web app we’ll be using to gather audience questions and votes during the Fish Bowl sessions and in some workshops. We’ll do a short demonstration before we begin so you can find out how to use it.

Fish Bowl session has the following accessibility limitations which screen reader users will notice:

  • the input for adding your name to a question is unlabelled (but has placeholder text)
  • the menu button always says “Open menu” even when it is already open
  • the controls to get to “Popular” and “Recent” content can be reached and used, but are not intuitive
  • the “Upvote” buttons all have the same name, to up-vote a question click the button immediately before the question
  • if you need to change your name or vote, you will need to go to the Action buttons then navigate backwards

Additionally, some of the content is low contrast. We’ll be sending this feedback to after the conference, so please let us know of any other access issues you find.