I had the opportunity this year to travel down to Florida for JSConf, with fellow Sparkboxer Divya. It was a great trip, and I was able to meet some really amazing and talented people. There were a few things that stood out to me that I wanted to share with you.
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Automated Accessibility Testing
Marcy Sutton gave an excellent presentation on automated accessibility testing. She is pushing accessibility testing forward, and that's the direction that we at Sparkbox are trying to move in as well. Marcy mentioned useful tools like the Chrome Accessibility Developer Toolbar and Addy Osmani's A11y module, which I will soon be exploring further to up our accessibility game.
Jan Jongboom closed out JSConf with a great look into some future tech around BLE beacons and some of the work that he has been doing. It's always great to see what is happening on the edges of web development that I don't always see in my day-to-day work.
It was also great to meet some of the people behind many of the JS meetups that are happening around the country. I had a great time with these new friends and look forward to more encounters with them in the future.
Totally Worth It
All in all, JSConf was a blast. I was exposed to new people and ideas and made some new friends while doing it. It’s not an easy conference to get tickets to—and they weren’t on the cheap side. But the people and content were well worth the effort and price. It also didn't hurt that it all took place at a beach resort…