Guest Lecture on Accessibility

Last week I was invited to hold a guest lecture at the Johannes Gutenberg-University of Mainz about accessible websites. After the successful barcamp at the University of Mainz in November the executive director of the institute for informatics at that time, Prof. Dr. Herbert Göttler, had the idea to continue that contact. So now there is a small series of talks about current Internet practices.

First I talked about the term of disability in a changing social and political context, then I lead to the demographic trend, hence to accessibility as an economic imperative. I showed a few barriers and techniques in practical examples as “virtual wheelchair ramps” and ended with an outlook on the challenges we currently face in the W3C HTML Accessibility Task Force.

The slides are currently available only in German at Slideshare where they can also be downloaded (15 MB). I will further adapt the slides and translate them for a Mozilla P2PU course in September, I appreciate your patience. There are also notes in the powerpoint file for a more detailed description.

But the story continues: beginning in the winter semester I’ll have a lectureship once a week at the university, teaching organic frontend development with contemporary techniques. :)

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