Just a quick mention for something spotted today at RNIB’s Web Access Centre Blog: Reading and presenting with PowerPoint if you are a screen reader user. Some good advice here, nothing too surprising - much of it is equivalent of how you’d treat HTML pages. I have to say that this is not a format that I’ve ever bothered to look into in terms of making accessible. Heck, I use Keynote on the Mac for my presentations, which renders my presentations much less accessible, but the next time I have to export my deck of slides to PPT format, I’ll have a fighting chance of making it more accessible using these tips.
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Being serious, though, there are no shortage of conferences bandying the AJAX word around, but the speakers at this gig really are top-notch and I know that many of them, aside from Derek, are also very knowledgeable about the worlds of accessibility and standards in general, so this bodes very well.
Presentation slides (in various formats) and an audio recording from my session at the Second Real World Accessibility Workshop at the Barbican, London, 8 August 2007 are now available - a transcript of the audio should follow in the next week or so.
HTML offers many features and attributes that can make your sites more accessible…but only if they’re used wisely. Can there really be “too much accessibility”?
See the Too much accessibility: Good intentions, badly implemented page for further details.
Round two of the Public Sector Forums organised Real World Accessibility was a blast, just like round one. For the most part, it was a straight re-run of the presentations we gave at the first event, although Patrick and I decided to change our slides completely for this event (mine was entitled Accessibility Cock-ups in the Wild).
Increasingly, I’m using pre-recorded screencasts in my slides – it takes a bit longer to record examples in advance but once I have them, there’s a nice little library of resources to make use of in future presentations. On the day itself, I don’t have to worry about things like flaky internet connections, me fumbling over a control or JAWS timing out on me at a critical moment. The downside to this approach is that the file sizes become very large. I use Keynote on the Mac and with the embedded movie and audio files, the presentation came in at 85mb. This makes it impractical to supply in download format, or at least not without a little care and attention.
But doesn’t the subject line say that the slides are available?
Enter Skitch, a handy little screen capture tool on the Mac that’s currently in Beta testing but is, without a doubt, one of the slickest little pieces of software that I’ve used in years. It makes the process of capturing screenshots and annotating (and then sharing the results) an absolute doddle. So, to get around the issue of the multimedia, I’ve used Skitch to capture the key frames and described the action on screen simply – it is enough for people who attended to get a reminder. (For those who did not attend, well, you’ll have to catch another presentation from me in the future.) Keynote may be Mac only, but it does export to a number of common presentation formats, so here’s the list right here: