John Slatin AccessU 2022

St. Edwards University, Austin, TX | May 9th-12th, 2022

AccessU is a three-day conference for those seeking knowledge and best practices in accessible digital design. Produced by Knowbility since 2004 and as a virtual conference since 2020, this year Knowbility will be introducing a new conference model for AccessU 2022 that blends asynchronous learning with live events.

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Some CSS Techniques and Tips for Better A11y

Tuesday, May 10, 2022 from 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM

Using both HTML and CSS in dedicated files allows for the separation of content and presentation which contributes to greater Accessibilitty. This sessions is for web designers and front-end or full-stack web developers to apply HTML and CSS for beter Accessibility.



  1. Understanding of how using CSS along with HMTL can make immediate improvements to a site's Accessibility with little effort.
  2. Providing individual web page experiences for a variety of users and situations (e.g., different font faces, differen font sizes, different color schemes.
  3. Preventing the mysterious announcements of the word "blank" by screen readers.

Handout for "Some CSS Techniques and Tips for Better A11y" including including all the slides and notes

AccessU Conference. Development/Coding/Testing Track. "Some CSS Techniques and Tips for Better A11y" with Bouton Jones, IT Business Systems Analyst Senior. "The Web is Inherently Accessible + Making Streaming Videos Inclusive" with Rachele DiTullio, Accessibility Engineer, TPGi. "A11y Challenges and UX Problems" with Kate Walser, Principle User Experience Consultant, CX Insights.

Don't Remediate your PDFs!

Tuesday, May 10, 2022 from 10:15 AM to 11:45 AM

We'll examine how to ensure your Microsoft Office (MSO) documents are fully accessible and the best ways to turn your MSO docs into accessible PDFS.

The session will both demonstrate the experience of using AT on accessible and inaccessible documents and explain why and how some documents are accessible and other are not. It will cover:



  1. Know the most effective and reliable method of producing accessible PDFs
  2. Discover the hidden pitfalls of creating fillable forms
  3. Learn the faster and more effective alternative to painstakingly remediating PDFs for Accessibility

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AccessU Conference. Content/Document Track. "Accessible Hiring Documents and Materials 101" with Jonathan Paul Katz, Policy Advisor, US Department of Labor — ODEP. "Don't Remediate Your PDFs!" with Bouton Jones, IT Business Systems Analyst Senior. "The Impact of Digital Document Accessibility" with Ian Smith, Director - Product Management, Codemantra.

Austin Accessibility and Inclusive Design

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Going Further with PDF/UA and the Matterhorn Protocol

PDF Accessibility 201

Online event on Thursday, March 25, 2021 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM CDT (CST)

Many of us look at A11y from the perspective of web development, but ignoring office documents and PDFs would be a huge mistake. When we do apply A11y to PDFs, it's by adapting WCAG principles. That's a great place to start. But there are other relevant guidelines to follow. In this session, we'll compare the WCAG and PDF/UA guidelines and recognize which individual guidelines apply to PDF Accessibility. We'll also look at the Matterhorn Protocol and see how it relates to PDF/UA. We'll also cover the necessity and techniques of embedding fonts in both MSO documents and PDFs.

This will build upon my earlier presentation, but it will not be necessary to have attended the earlier one to understand this next one.



Handout for "Going Further with PDF/UA and the Matterhorn Protocol" including including all the slides and speaker notes

e-Records Conference 2020 | Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 and Thursday, November 19, 2020

This event is organized by TSLAC and co-sponsored with DIR to promote electronic records management in Texas government. The conference gathers records management and information technology staff from the state and local level together to learn from each other by sharing case studies, solutions, best practices, challenges, and lessons learned.

A11y: Making Documents and PDFs Accessible to All Employees and Citizens

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Thursday, November 19, 2020 from 10:20-11:10 AM

The easy ways to ensure your Microsoft Office documents and PDF files are fully accessible. The session will both demonstrate the experience of using assistive technology to read accessible and inaccessible documents from the perspective of blind employees and citizens. Also it will explain how to apply optimal accessibility.

It will cover:

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