With raised awareness and accessibility laws emerging around the world, understanding what inclusive access to the Web means is becoming necessary knowledge for anyone who produces digital content. Much of the current information on Web accessibility requires some technical understanding, and may be difficult to consume for the average person.
This course will “interpret” the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.1) for a general audience, and help develop a practical understanding of web accessibility and the barriers that prevent some people from participating fully in an information society. It provides a thorough review of the guidelines as a whole, with a wide range of examples and activities. You will have an opportunity to experience barriers firsthand, then experience that same content with the barriers removed, developing firsthand experience with web accessibility.
The course is made up of 6 units, spread over 4 weeks, that focus on understanding each of the principles described in the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0 and 2.1).
Participants should be prepared to spend three to five hours per week to maximize their learning experience in the course. Read More.
- Unit 1 - Why Learn About Web Accessibility
- Accessibility around the world
- How people with disabilities use the Web
- Introduction to screen readers
- Unit 2 - The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG )
- Principles, levels, and compliance
- Guidelines, success criteria & techniques
- WCAG 2.0 vs WCAG 2.1
- AODA & WCAG
- Exploring the WCAG documents
- Unit 3 - Principle 1 Perceivable
- Text alternatives
- Adaptable content
- Colour and perception
- Captions, and how to create them
- Unit 4 - Principle 2 Operable
- Keyboard accessibility
- Providing enough time
- Seizures and physical reactions
- Navigating web content
- Devices and input modes
- The limits of automated accessibility checkers
- Unit 5 - Principle 3 Understandable
- Web content readability
- Predictability, consistency, and convention
- Feedback and error messaging
- Writing for the Web
- Unit 6 - Principle 4 Robust
- Standardizing web content
- Semantics for custom web content
- Introduction to WAI-ARIA
- Markup validation as an element of quality
Participants who successfully complete the five required course assessments, participate in all course activities, and receive a final grade of 65% or better, will receive a digital badge.
Target Audience: Web content authors; Web content designers; Web developers; Aspiring accessibility professionals; Quality assurance personnel; People with disabilities; Educators.
Course is offered by Ryerson University.