Challenging the Challenge of Accessibility through Design

Victor Tsaran (Yahoo! Inc.), Nicholas Zakas (Box)
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Developing a site that is accessible improves the overall user experience and navigation for all people of all abilities. Hear from a very able, visually-impaired expert about the accessibility movement across the Web. In this session, the audience will learn about how making websites more accessible improves the overall user experience and navigation and what the value is for their company. We’ll also share what the challenges are around making the Web more accessible and give a “behind the scenes’ look at accessibility support and user interface to make the Web and websites accessible to all. The Yahoo! Homepage was created with Accessibility in mind from the start and Yahoo! will share how the use of semantic markup can improve the user experience, how managing browser focus helps those user screen readers and screen magnifiers follow the flow of information, and how ARIA (Accessible Rich Internet Applications) can be used to progressively enhance the application for additional usability improvements. In the end you’ll discover that building an accessible web site doesn’t actually take more time, it just takes a different mindset.

Victor Tsaran

Yahoo! Inc.

Victor Tsaran, currently the Senior Accessibility Program Manager at Yahoo!, has fifteen years of experience in the field of accessibility. He helps to drive various accessibility-related initiatives at Yahoo!, such as the Yahoo! Accessibility Labs, educates designers and developers about access technology and how to code/test for it, and evangelizes accessibility and best web development practices inside and outside of the company
In 1995 Victor co-founded one of the first computer centers for the blind in Ukraine. He later taught computers to visually impaired students in South Asia, Eastern Europe and the Middle East and worked with several international organizations to advance computer literacy and understanding of accessibility among educators in developing countries.
Victor participates in various accessibility-related open source projects to enable access to the web and music production software by blind computer users around the world.
Additionally, Victor also has great passion for the guitar, having played this instrument for over 20 years, and has just celebrated the release of his new record".

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Nicholas Zakas


Nicholas is principal front-end engineer for the Yahoo! homepage and a contributor to the Yahoo! User Interface (YUI) library. He is also a publisher author, having written Professional JavaScript for Web Developers and High Performance JavaScript, among others. Nicholas is passionate about the web and regularly speaks on issues such as performance, maintainability, and accessibility.

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Kathy Kang
04/05/2011 9:01am PDT

Hi Victor,

I found you from the Linkedin, however I can’t send the invite since I only have basic account with Linkedin.

Would you mind to send me an invite instead? My email address is

Thanks in advance. Kathy

Kathy Kang
04/05/2011 8:52am PDT

Hi Victor, Thank you very much for your respond. I will send you an invite through Linkedin in a few. The reason I ask you for the slides that I’d like to share your information with my group. Again, thanks for your kind respond. Kathy

Victor Tsaran
04/01/2011 8:12am PDT

Hi Kath, Thank you very much for your valuable comments. I will try to work on this preso within the next week and let you know once I post it publicly. Shall we connect on Linkedin for convenience’s sake? :)

Once again, thanks for your comments and attending the talk. Best regards, Victor

Kathy Kang
03/30/2011 5:58am PDT

Hi Mr. Victor Tsaran,

My name is Kath Kang, web developer from WellsFargo San Francisco. Like your presentation about “Challenging the Challenge of Accessibility through Design” today. Is there any possible that you could post your presentation online so I can share the information with my team? Thanks very much in advance.

Again thanks for your presentation today.

Sincerely Kathy Kang

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