Web Accessibility: Learn Best Practices, Tools & Techniques

Learn simple steps to ensure you aren’t alienating large groups of users due to poor accessibility.
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  • Lectures 12
  • Length 2.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English, captions
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About This Course

Published 4/2015 English Closed captions available

Course Description

As website designers/developers and UX designers, website accessibility is often something that is pushed to the bottom of the pile. The guidelines can be tricky, clients don't always appreciate the reasons behind it, and, to be honest, in the absence of an informed argument other competing factors always win out.

But what if you could stand out from the crowd? UX, and more specifically, accessibility is becoming more and more important, and in some industries it's a legislative requirement.

We've created a simple and easy to follow course which holds your hand through the accessibility process.

During 2003 the Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed that one in five people had a disability. Can you really risk marginalising up to 20% of your website's visitors with an inaccessible website?

Why this course?

U1 Group's unparalleled accessibility expertise and face-to-face teaching experience not only demystifies website accessibility, but allows you to put it into practice on your website.

You'll see how we practically apply guidelines to many common aspects of websites, which dramatically benefits your learning process.

After completing this course you will hold a competitive advantage over other designers and will be able to add tremendous value to your clients.

What will I learn?

This course comprises of 12 modules, 10 downloadable 'cheat sheets', and will provide you with meaningful tools which will allow you to confidently develop accessible websites.

Topics covered in this course include:

  • A crash course in to accessibility.
  • Ensuring your website is navigable by all users.
  • Creating accessible text content.
  • How to apply accessibility techniques to multimedia content.
  • How to optimise the use of colour to enhance accessibility.
  • How you can create more accessible forms.
  • Guidelines for creating accessible images and non-text elements.
  • How to design and implement accessible HTML tables.
  • How to enhance the accessibility of dynamic and rich internet content, and
  • Guidance on selecting an accessible content management system (CMS)

If you have any involvement in UX design or website development, then this course is for you.

Without this knowledge you run the risk of losing work to more qualified professionals, or worse yet, leaving your clients open to litigation due to having an inaccessible website.

What are the requirements?

  • Students should have a basic understanding of how websites are built, how they work and how people interact with them. HTML knowledge is beneficial, but not mandatory.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Have an in-depth understanding of what it means to have an accessible website.
  • Possess the tools to identify problems which have been restricting the use of your website.
  • The knowledge to take action and quickly resolve any accessibility issues.
  • A list of guidelines which help to ensure you & your website are protected from legal action fuelled by an inaccessible website.
  • 12 modules of quality, full of useful examples, and 10 cheat sheet resources compiled by U1 accessibility professionals.
  • The confidence to implement accessibility having completed 10 quizs in total.

What is the target audience?

  • Web programmers, designers and/or developers
  • Internal & external communications staff
  • Webmasters & content strategists
  • Web writers, editors & publishers
  • UX Designers

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: An introduction to accessibility
03:42

What we are aiming to do in this training course and series of lectures is demystify accessibility, and provide accessibility information in a contextual format. Rather than simply talking through the accessibility guidelines, we are aiming to present accessibility best practice and techniques in a more human manner.

19:19

What is accessibility? Why should my website be accessible? Who is the W3C and why are they relevant? How does accessibility relate to government and business websites? We answer all of these questions and more in this module.

Accessibility Fundamentals
2 questions
Section 2: Practical guides to understand & attain accessibility
13:55

Audio, Video and Multimedia refers to content presented via sound, animations or video, or any combination of the three. Most websites will feature some form of media such as YouTube or Vimeo videos, advertisements or audio streaming. Unless you think through the accessibility of your media you're content will present significant barriers to people with disabilities such as:

  • Visual impairments (Blindness, low vision and colour blindness)Hearing impairments (Deaf or hard of hearing)•
  • Photo sensitive epilepsy
  • Cognitive/ learning disabilities
  • ADD (Attention deficit disorder)
  • Dyslexia

Don't ignore these people. In this module we show you how to address multimedia accessibility.

Accessible Audio, Video & Multimedia Content
2 questions
06:09

Despite the abundant use of colour, there are a significant number of people who cannot perceive colour (also known as Colour Blindness). According to the Vision Eye Institute, an estimated 8% of males and 0.4% of females suffer some form of colour blindness.

In this module we discuss the use of colour, and how to test for colour contast minimum and acheive a visual which is inclusive of even those with colour blindness.

Accessibility & the Use of Colour
2 questions
10:48

In this module we discuss how assistive technology users interact with online forms. It's important to remember that accessible, properly designed and well organised online forms benefit every user, including those with disabilities, novice web users and users on mobile devices.

Accessible Forms & Controls
2 questions
10:57

The use of images on websites not only enhances the aesthetic appeal but is also an effective and quick means of conveying information. The term 'Images' is self-explanatory, however 'Non Text elements' is a broader term and is generally used to refer to:

  • Images
  • Graphical representations, e.g. images of graphs or tables
  • Infographics
  • Image map regions
  • Animations
  • Applets and Programmatic objects
  • Graphical buttons
  • Sounds
  • Audio Tracks (e.g. notification sounds)
  • Video

In this module we look at how we make images and non-text elements accessible.

Accessible Image & Non Text Elements
2 questions
17:07

Text is text right? Anyone can read it and make sense of it easily. Not quite...

In this module, we will take a broad look at text, its applications and its presentation with regards to Web accessibility. We'll dive deep into providing structure and emphasis using the correct HTML tags.

Accessible Text
2 questions
10:24

Tables are often an after thought for a developer, a quick and easy way to ensure data is displayed in a uniform manner. When discussing accessibility issues for tables, it's important to understand how assistive technologies interact with tables.

In this module we look at the various options a developer has at their disposal and when the correct time and place is to use each of these.

Accessible Tables
2 questions
11:53

Websites will usually have multiple interlinked pages and sections, which in turn creates a complex environment to navigate and can even be daunting sometimes to sighted users, let alone those using accessibility tools such as screen readers.

In this module we look at how to acheive consistency and apply a meaningful sequence to your navigation structure.

Accessible Navigation & Focus
2 questions
18:59

The increasingly dynamic nature of websites has presented new accessibility challenges. The dynamic changes are sometimes visual and may introduce problems for visually impaired users. Assistive technologies also access content in a linear fashion, typically moving through the HTML of the page, so dynamic updates to content that the users had already passed would be indeterminable. Similarly, changes to content they had not yet reached would also go unnoticed.

So, how do deal with this and what technologies are available to help? In this module we look into these questions and more.

Accessibility & Dynamic Content
2 questions
Section 3: Accessibility Tools
10:44

Authoring tools come in many types and can be applied in a myriad of ways, from large enterprise web content management system to tiny microblogging apps. Examples of authoring tools include:

  • Web content authoring tools such as Web Content Management Systems (CMS)
  • Software development tools for scripts, applications etc
  • Tools used to update and manage social media content (e.g. Social networks and blogs)
  • Web page editors such as WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editors
  • Non text media editing tools (video, audio or image editing tools)

While authoring tools have become an essential web content management tool, they can also present an assortment of accessibility problems.In this module we dive into this topic.

Accessibility & Authoring Tools
2 questions
Section 4: Summary
Accessibility Course Recap
02:46

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Instructor Biography

U1 Group, Research, Insight, Strategy, Results. Digital that delivers.

With consumers using digital products every day, you need to be certain you’ve got the right insight and strategy to move forward with success.

That's why at U1 Group, our mission is to provide clients with crystal clear certainty in digital execution. This means uncovering the valuable insights that make or break digital platforms, and recommending bespoke solutions that align strategy and resources.

We are made up of a dedicated team of User Experience (UX) devotees in both Sydney and Melbourne. Since 2001, we've pioneered the UX field in Australia and helped many top-tier clients across sectors such as government, finance, education, not-for-profit and retail engage more effectively with audiences.

When it comes to the fundamentals of digital experience – user research, insight and strategy – we’re the best in the business. And that’s why we’ve been around for 13 years. Since the beginning, we have tried and tested thousands of digital experiences and been fortunate enough to work with all kinds of clients with diverse business challenges. We understand how people interact with the digital world.

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