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"For Engineers: A Self-Paced Training Roadmap for Learning ARIA"

From: Bryan Garaventa <bryan.garaventa@ssbbartgroup.com>
Date: Sat, 17 Sep 2016 19:10:59 +0000
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I've published the following article that may be of help.


I've been doing a lot of training lately for engineers, and have built a self-paced training program that provides a comprehensive roadmap for any engineer familiar with HTML, JavaScript, and CSS to learn how to understand and utilize ARIA correctly within development. No prior knowledge of ARIA is required in advance.

This roadmap combines three different modes of learning, which I've discovered to be the most affective in teaching the use of ARIA to engineers.

1. Material Study: Comprehensive and progressive documentation explaining ARIA from beginning to end.
2. Experiential Learning: The ability to observe ARIA usage in action and during the development and experimentation process.
3. Validation: The ability to utilize comparative analysis to validate new constructs with provably accessible ones in order to confirm that these concepts are being learned properly.

This will make it possible for any present day engineer or engineering student to better understand the accessible use of ARIA including core concepts and working examples to validate these understandings, and to do so at their own pace of learning.

There is no such thing as an 'easy road to ARIA'.  

ARIA is a complicated and deeply rooted technology, and it requires comprehensive study, experimentation, and usage to properly understand. This takes time and effort to achieve, as is true with the development of any new skill set.

This ARIA roadmap will help any engineer to do so at their own pace of learning, as long as they have the desire to do so.

All the best,

Bryan Garaventa
Accessibility Fellow
SSB BART Group, Inc.
415.624.2709 (o)
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