UW Front-end Technologies Community of Practice

We share knowledge around front-end Web development and technologies. Meeting topics will include JavaScript/CSS/HTML5 coding techniques, JavaScript/CSS frameworks, CSS preprocessors, code editors, living style guides, linters and task management build tools. Accessibility, optimization, and responsive design are common themes.

For more information, email frontend@uw.edu.

Meeting schedule

  • May: Emerging CSS and What It Means for Accessibility with special guest Marcy Sutton

    • Tuesday, May 21, 2019; 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
    • Oedegaard 220
    • Open to UW staff, faculty and students. Please RSVP

    CSS is a core component of sophisticated web page design and development, especially in the modern world of digital brand guides, design systems, and complex web applications. It can override HTML’s mostly-accessible styling defaults for better or worse, providing lightweight mechanisms to bring innovative and inclusive designs to life. While it’s a fine idea to deliver accessible experiences with simple HTML and little-to-no CSS, in some cases–and in most complex web applications–we must leverage JavaScript to manage a UI component’s accessible state or to unlock new browser features such as Shadow DOM and Web Components.

    In this deeply practical talk, Marcy will look at some of the newest and shiniest CSS techniques, weighing them against accessibility support and browser compatibility. Some techniques can impact accessible user experience in unexpected ways, such as unintentional mutations to the browser’s accessibility tree or a confusing focus order. We’ll weigh those trade-offs, pushing web development forward while always keeping accessible user experience in mind.

    Marcy Sutton is the Head of Learning at Gatsby, a startup creating fast, accessible websites and webapps while building a strong community. Previously, she was a Developer Advocate and Senior Frontend Engineer on the axe-core team at Deque Systems, developing tools for web accessibility testing. In 2016, O’Reilly gave Marcy a Web Platform Award for her work in accessibility. She co-leads the Accessibility Seattle meetup and recently founded a group called NW Tech Women. When away from the keyboard, Marcy can be found hiking with her dog, riding a bicycle, or snowboarding.

  • June: topic to be announced

    • Tuesday, June 18, 2019; 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
    • UW Tower Visitors' Dining Room

Previous Meetings

  • April 2019: Recent Conference Rundown

    Security really is everybody’s job (yes, even those of us who spend almost all of our time on the front end). Pete Graff's brief rundown of his attendance at the recent BSides security conference held in Vancouver B.C.

    What do single page applications, machine learning, and canvas have in common? Some of Jeane Marty's favorite developer-focused takeaways from the recent CSUN Assistive Technologies conference.

  • February 2019: All Things UX, Browser and Mobile Use

    All Things UX, with Jason Civjan, UX team manager with Academic Experience Design

    Browser and mobile use on uw.edu and uwb.edu with Thomas Thorpe of University Marketing and Communications and Jeane Marty of UW Bothell
    [slides (for uw.edu)]