Creating Accessible Websites - The Basics

Course Objectives

Delegates will gain an understanding of how the various requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) can be met when creating a website, be familiar with the Publicly Accessible Specification Guidelines (PAS 78), and how the Disability Equality Duty (DED) can impact on public sector websites. Attendees will receive a certificate of attendance' and a course handbook.

Course Content:

Discussion on the four main categories of disability and the problems these disabled users may experience when using the Internet including.

  • Considerations when creating/updating/maintaining a website that is both vibrant and accessible:
  • Writing style Tips on writing prose and checking that it is appropriate for your audience.
  • Language Tips on supporting visitors with English as a second language.
  • Images Tips on ensuring graphics can be inclusive to blind users.
  • Buttons Tips on creating accessible buttons.
  • Colour Tips on use of colour and easy ways to establish colour contrast.
  • Multimedia Tips on making video/audio available to the deaf.
  • Forms Tips on creating accessible forms.
  • HTML Tips on using HTML code that is accessible.
  • Validation Tips on validating your website.

A real life experience The real issues of accessing websites when you have a visual disability. First hand experience and learning with a blind user.

Hands on:

Delegates will be given the opportunity to have a "hands on" experience and work at their own pace, if they wish to create accessible content including :-

  • Using keywords, page titles, headings, naming conventions
  • Copying text from a Word document into a web page and formatting the content
  • Placing a graphic into the content of a web page
  • Linking to a Word document
  • Linking to a PDF
  • Creating a table
  • Inserting a form
  • Linking to a word or phrase within a web page
  • Linking to another web page on the same website
  • Linking to another website

Where to get help:

Discussion on the support systems available, i.e. Helplines, Discussion Forums, Mailing Lists, Training.

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