Everything open source
May 16–17, 2016: Training & Tutorials
May 18–19, 2016: Conference
Austin, TX

Making awesome things accessible

Heather Migliorisi (Blackhawk Network)
11:55am–12:35pm Wednesday, 05/18/2016
In Real Life
Location: Ballroom F Level: Intermediate
Average rating: ****.
(4.17, 6 ratings)

Prerequisite knowledge

Attendees should have a solid understanding of current UI development (HTML, CSS, JS, SVGs) and user experience.


Open source is the fuel that runs the technology we use to solve many of the problems we face every day. These projects are amazing, heavily distributed, and loved by many. Heather Migliorisi explains how they can be made even better when accessibility is added into the open source mix.

Topics include:

  • Quick and easy fixes you can do right now (contrast, colors, and :focus)
  • Common mistakes we make (images, icons, placeholder text vs. label, semantic faux pas, and roles)
  • How to handle forms and errors
  • How to make accessible SVGs
  • Proposed features in the W3C pipeline
  • Testing techniques and automation
  • How to ensure standards are understood and implemented
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Heather Migliorisi

Blackhawk Network

As a software engineer for Blackhawk Network (specifically GiftCards.com), Heather Migliorisi implements innovative ideas for the company’s website. Some of those ideas include developing the company’s custom pattern library and code-based style guide, responsive image techniques, and accessibility solutions. In her free time, Heather contributes to the Make WordPress Accessible project, the Accessible SVG Community group and the A11y Project.