Accessibility and performance in web design

Marcy Sutton examines the relationship between accessibility and performance, and how you can improve both.

How do slow-performing web applications impact user experience for people with disabilities? Are there aspects of the web rendering process that create barriers when you’re relying on a screen reader?

In this talk from Generate New York earlier this year, Marcy Sutton takes a look at web performance through an accessibility lens, and discusses how, by studying the limitations of browsers with assistive technologies and establishing developer best practices, we can we make faster, more accessible experiences for our users. 

If you want to maximise your reach then both performance and accessibility should be on your agenda, and Marcy's talk will arm your for upping your game on this score, as she looks at progressive enhancement in detail with server- and client-rendered apps built with Angular 2, React or Ember FastBoot, and always remembering our good accessibility friend: static HTML.

For more essential performance advice, head to Generate Sydney on 5 September, when Mark Zeman will discuss crafting a UX that's fast and rich. Acknowledging the constant battle between developers and designers to balance performance with delivering a great experience, Mark will explore three case studies that push the boundary of what’s possible when delivering the richest web user experience possible in a way that is still highly performant.

Learn the secrets of a fast and rich UX with Mark Zeman at Generate Sydney

If you're struggling to get the balance right between performance and design, or if you just need a few extra pointers, this will be an essential talk as it examines each example, looking at how the team collaborated from the outset and iterated through numerous failed prototypes to develop unique techniques for streaming high bandwidth web experiences in engaging ways.

There's plenty more to discover at Generate Sydney, including talks from John Allsop, Val Head, Erika Hall and Nick Finck, so don't miss out. And if you book on Thursday 21 July you can take advantage of our 24-hour flash sale and save 50 per cent on your ticket price.


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