Estelle Weyl: Accessibility as Performance

Jul 28, 2016 · Palo Alto, United States of America

About this talk:

Semantic markup helps ensure accessibility while reducing the need for frameworks. When you write semantic HTML and leverage the power of CSS Selectors and the cascade, you can reduce your CSS and JS by up to 95% and obliterate your queue of accessibility bugs.

While learning new frameworks is fun, and relying on libraries can seemingly reduce development time, allowing 3rd-party scripts to generate your markup usually adds bloat while ignoring or even destroying accessibility.

We’ll take a look at a case study, and how converting a single-page app developed with 40+ dependencies (don’t ask!) and 100+ accessibility bugs in the queue to simple semantic HTML and CSS, with a few hundred lines of JavaScript, reduced the site size by 90%, obliterated all the accessibility bugs and simplified site maintenance and new feature development.

By developing with web standards, you can create accessible, performant web sites.

About the speaker:

Estelle Weyl started her professional life in architecture and then managed teen health programs. In 2000, Estelle took the natural step of becoming a web standardista. She is the Open Web and Performance Evangelist for Instart Logic and has consulted for Kodak Gallery, SurveyMonkey, Samsung, Yahoo, Visa and Apple, among others. Estelle shares esoteric tidbits learned while programming and detailed grids of CSS3 and HTML5 browser support in her blog. She is a coauthor of Mobile HTML5, CSS3: The Definitive Guide, and HTML5 and CSS3 for the Real World. While not coding, Estelle works in construction, de-hippifying her 1960s throwback abode.

The event is hosted at Instart Logic’s Palo Alto office on Thursday, July 28th, 2016 at 6:30PM. Doors open at 6:00PM. Food and drinks will be provided by our sponsor Instart Logic (thank you!).


18:00 :: Check-in & Mingle
18:30 :: Announcements and Introductions
19:00 :: Presentation
20:00 :: Questions and Answer & Open Form
20:30 :: Networking & Discussion


Instart Logic
450 Lambert Avenue
Palo Alto CA 94306

Caltrain: California Ave stop.


Instart LogicEndpoint-aware application delivery solution that improves applications with an intelligent architecture optimizing and securing website elements based on a user’s device, browser, and network conditions.

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