Building a Better Web
June 19–20, 2017: Training
June 20–22, 2017: Tutorials & Conference
San Jose, CA

Yes, your site can (and should) be accessible: Lessons learned building

laura carvajal (The Financial Times)
9:50am–10:30am Thursday, June 22, 2017
Modern Web Essentials
Location: 210 CG
Secondary topics:  Accessibility
Average rating: ****.
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Who is this presentation for?

  • Software developers and product managers

Prerequisite knowledge

  • General knowledge of HTML, JavaScript, CSS, and continuous integration

What you'll learn

  • Understand what accessibility is and why your site or app should be accessible
  • Learn how to measure accessibility on your site, how to automate checks and integrate them into your daily process, and how to manually evaluate accessibility


In 2016, the Financial Times launched a new version of its website to great success. It broke ground on key areas like performance, resilience, and usability. But one day, rather serendipitously, the team that created the site realized they had largely forgotten to measure one thing: accessibility. And you can’t improve what you don’t measure.

Laura Carvajal explains how her team introduced accessibility to the Financial Times website,—and their journey from being generally oblivious about accessibility to making it a core part of their process across multiple divisions. Laura shares the the roadblocks encountered and lessons learned along the way as well as practical solutions you can implement in your project today, regardless of available time, resources, or support.

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laura carvajal

The Financial Times

Laura Carvajal is a senior developer at the Financial Times building Laura has been working in web development for the past 15 years.

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