Introduction to Designing Accessible Websites
This course is designed for website developers who have an interest in incorporating accessible design features into their pages. Web accessibility benefits everyone - those with and those without disabilities, through increased usability and interoperability of web based materials. This class is structured to allow learners to explore the area of web accessibility using a hand-on, project-based approach, with an emphasis on learning by doing, and sharing information and experience with your class mates through online discussions. Students enrolled in this course will be expected to review assigned readings, apply what they have learned through coding projects and participate in class discussions. Evaluation will be based on weekly assignments consisting of 1 or 2 small projects together with review questions, and 1 final project tying it all together.
The required course textbook, Web Accessibility: Web Standards and Regulatory Compliance, has been authored by leading authorities in the field and covers such topics as What is Web Accessibility?; Assistive Technology; 508 Guidelines; Emerging Technology; and Using CSS to separate content from presentation. To round out our exploration of web accessibility some online sources will also be consulted.Course Objectives:
Applicable Job Roles: webmasters, web programmers, and web application developers.
Week 1: Understanding Web Accessibility: Accessibility and Why It Matters
Week 2: Assistive Technology
Week 3: Writing Valid, Well-formed, Semantically Correct Code
Week 4: Creating Accessible Content: Images, Audio/Video, Navigation
Week 5: Creating Accessible Content - Tables
Week 6: Creating Accessible Content - Forms and Frames
Week 7: Separating Content from Presentation / Emerging Technologies
Week 8: Putting It All Together
Students interested in signing up for this course should have successfully completed H101 or be familiar with HTML and CSS. This class will require hand-coding web pages using either HTML (or XHTML) and CSS.
Students must have webspace where they can post their assignments. You need to avoid webspaces that support banner ads or popup adds as this adds code to your pages. If you do not have webspace, try your ISP first as many provide a small amount of space with your monthly fee. If yours does not, there are a number of free services that are available on the net. A good place to look for free webspace is FreeWebSpace.net at http://www.freewebspace.net/ or the Free Site at http://www.thefreesite.com