highcharter a11y talk

data visualization

Video and slides from a talk on lessons learned using the highcharter R package with the Highcharts accessibility module.


Mara Averick



Adventures with {highcharter} and the Highcharts accessibility module


Above, the video opens at the start of my talk. However, I definitely recommend watching Maya Gans’ talk, A11Y in R: Adapting Sarah L. Fossheim’s 10 dos and don’ts to keep in mind when designing accessible data visualizations, as well.

If you view the video on YouTube, Rachael Dempsy (our wonderful host and moderator) has added links to resources and R packages mentioned in the discussion.


You can see the slides (embedded, below) on their own here (which should be the most accessible version).

The source code for the slides is available in this GitHub repo, which also contains the slides in PDF format.

More working examples can also be found in my accessible-highcharter GitHub repo.

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Boxhall, Alice, James Craig, Dominic Mazzoni, and Alexander Surkov. 2021. “The Accessibility Object Model: Explainer.” The Accessibility Object Model (AOM). WICG. https://wicg.github.io/aom/explainer.html.
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———. 2020. “Accessible Visualizations: Maps, Annotations, and Spark Lines.” Presented at the CSUN 2020, March 11. https://www.slideshare.net/tedgies/csun-2020-accessible-visualizations-maps-annotations-and-spark-lines.
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Highsoft AS. 2021a. “Gaining Competitive Advantage Through Accessible Web Applications.” White Paper. https://wp-assets.highcharts.com/www-highcharts-com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/18092938/A11y-Whitepaper-Gaining-competitive-advantage-through-accessible-web-applications.pdf.
———. 2021b. “Highcharts JS.” https://www.highcharts.com/products/highcharts/.
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Lundgard, Alan, and Arvind Satyanarayan. 2022. “Accessible Visualization via Natural Language Descriptions: A Four-Level Model of Semantic Content.” IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics 28 (1): 1073–83. https://doi.org/10.1109/TVCG.2021.3114770.
Moseng, Øystein, and Ted Gies. 2016. “Acessible SVG Charts Using ARIA.” Presented at the CSUN 2016, March 4. https://www.slideshare.net/tedgies/accessible-svg-charts-using-aria-2016.



BibTeX citation:
  author = {Averick, Mara},
  title = {Highcharter A11y Talk},
  date = {2022-03-09},
  url = {https://quartoand.me/talks/highcharter-a11y-talk.html},
  langid = {en}
For attribution, please cite this work as:
Averick, Mara. 2022. “Highcharter A11y Talk.” March 9, 2022. https://quartoand.me/talks/highcharter-a11y-talk.html.