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:
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 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.
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.
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:
Don't ignore these people. In this module we show you how to address multimedia accessibility.
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.
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.
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:
In this module we look at how we make images and non-text elements accessible.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.