Speak my language: Building the multilingual and accessible web

Presented by:
Preston So

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The world isn’t getting any less global. In fact, the vast majority of new users of the web are readers and speakers of languages other than English. So, how do we ensure our websites and applications are ready for prime time regardless of the user’s encoding, charset, writing direction, and annotation needs?

In this linguistic excursion through the best of what HTML and CSS now (and will soon) have to offer for multilingual implementations, Preston will talk about emerging support for multidirectional writing, ruby characters, and script-specific text decoration. On the way, he’ll also delve into a relatively underexplored area of multilingual web design: accessibility and how to ensure text is read in the correct dialect — no matter where it ends up.

April 19, 2023 2:00 pm
Session duration:
40 minutes
Lucerna Great Hall

About your presenter:

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Preston So
Senior Director, Product Strategy @Oracle

Preston So is a product, design, engineering, and innovation leader, digital architect and strategist, designer and developer advocate, polyglot educator and speaker, and published author of books like Voice Content and Usability (A Book Apart, 2021). As a product leader at Oracle, he’s led teams at organisations like Acquia, Time Inc., and Gatsby since 2015. Preston is also an editor at A List Apart and regularly writes for CMSWire and Smashing Magazine. He is based in New York City, where he can often be found immersing himself in languages that are endangered or underserved.

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