Creating Accessible Websites for Developers and Designers



Course Length: 2 days (12 hours)

Learning Objectives:
By the end of this training, you’ll be able to:
  • Understand the principles of Web Accessibility
  • Create content that can be presented in different ways (for example simpler layout) without losing information or structure
  • Understand more about assistive technology: screen readers, alternative keyboards, switches, scanning software, etc.
  • Learn more about WCAG 2.1 Level A & AA Guidelines
  • Use Evaluation tools - Accessibility evaluation tools, HTML validators, and CSS validators
Target Student:
This course has been designed for Web Developers and Designers.

Prerequisites:
Working knowledge of HTML5, CSS and JavaScript

Course Outline:
Section 1: Introduction
  • What is Web Accessibility?
  • The Four Principles - POUR
  • Text Alternatives: Provide text alternatives for any non-text content so that it can be changed into other forms people need, such as large print, braille, speech, symbols or simpler language
  • Time-based Media: Provide alternatives for time-based media
  • Adaptable: Create content that can be presented in different ways (for example simpler layout) without losing information or structure
  • Distinguishable: Make it easier for users to see and hear content including separating foreground from background
  • Operable
  • Keyboard Accessible: Make all functionality available from a keyboard
  • Enough Time: Provide users enough time to read and use content
  • Seizures and Physical Reactions: Do not design content in a way that is known to cause seizures or physical reactions
  • Navigable: Provide ways to help users navigate, find content, and determine where they are
  • Input Modalities: Make it easier for users to operate functionality through various inputs beyond keyboard
  • Readable: Make text content readable and understandable
  • Predictable: Make Web pages appear and operate in predictable ways
  • Input Assistance: Help users avoid and correct mistakes
  • Maximize compatibility with current and future user agents, including assistive technologies
Section 2: Components of Web Accessibility
  • Content - the information in a web page or web application, including:
    • Natural information such as text, images, and sounds
    • Code or markup that defines structure, presentation, etc.
  • Web browsers, media players, and other “user agents”
  • Assistive technology: screen readers, alternative keyboards, switches, scanning software, etc.
  • Users’ knowledge, experiences, and, in some cases, adaptive strategies using the web
  • Developers - designers, coders, authors, etc., including developers with disabilities and users who contribute content
  • Authoring tools - software that creates websites
  • Evaluation tools – Web Accessibility evaluation tools, HTML validators, CSS validators, etc.
Section 3: Working with WCAG 2.1
  • Brief history of WCAG Guidelines
  • Levels A, AA & AAA – What is required for compliance
Section 4: WCAG 2.1 Level A & AA Guidelines
  • Can people read, use and understand the content?
  • Time-Based Media
  • Seizures and Physical Reactions
  • Input Modalities
  • Can machines (browsers, screen readers, etc.) read the code?
Section 5: Resources
  • Assistive Technologies
  • Remediation Resources on the Web

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