Tutorials (Web Accessibility)

This set of notes has been designed by Userite to take you through each of the steps in building any accessible website. We will explain how and why you should create your site so that it can be accurately interpreted by any web browser, mobile phone or assistive technology. The tutorial notes cover the relevant International standards (WCAG and Section 508) and other issues identified by disabled users.

This material has been prepared by the Userite training staff who have years of experience using the Internet and a passion for creating an inclusive society. Whilst you should have some basic knowledge of HTML and CSS coding the course is aimed at anyone who builds websites (from the local parish newsletter to a complex commercial website). The principles and techniques described in these tutorials are applicable to all websites, it doesn't matter if you use a web authoring programme such as Dreamweaver, a content management system such as Joomla or Spearhead, or even a simple text editing programme. By following the practices and principles explained in these lessons you will be able to create the "look and feel" that you want for your site without introducing problems for disabled users.

The course is broken down into sections each containing notes and access to a discussion area. The topics covered include the accessibility issues identified by the W3C Accessibility Initiative (WCAG) plus more general issues to make your site easier for everyone to use.

The course follows the stages of creating a "typical" web site.

  1. Preparing and structuring content so that it is easily accessible
  2. Creating and applying visual styles without disrupting the logical sequence and accessibility of your content.
  3. Including images, multimedia and scripts to add interest in an accessible manner
  4. Creating accessible forms and effective navigation systems
  5. How to test a website. for accessibility and compliance with the W3C Accessibility Initiative Guidelines (WAIG) and Section 508 (USA) .

There is no time limit, just study at your own pace. If you have any questions you can use the discussion area where you can swap comments with other students and ask us about any of the issues raised within the tutorial.

If you just want a quick solution to a particular problem you can dip into individual tutorials by using the left-hand menu bar.