Developing Accessible Websites and Applications: Efficient Approaches for Ensuring Compliance

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Course Description

This two-day course is designed to fast-track web accessibility knowledge and know-how, based on the full scope of Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.

Day One covers web accessibility guidelines to ensure developers understand the requirements and consequences of non-compliance.

Day Two presents tools and techniques for assessing accessibility issues of existing sites, utilizing both automated evaluation resources and manual analyses. Application of accessibility principles and coding compliant theme layouts will also be covered.

Learning Objectives

  • Insight into ways people with disabilities access the web, as well as common barriers encountered
  • An understanding of WCAG as a framework for developing compliant websites and applications
  • Application of basic principles of accessibility during development and testing
  • An understanding of tool and techniques for evaluating websites, applications, and digital media for accessibility


  • Recognizing Disabilities - Understanding the range of disabilities that affect digital experiences.
  • Disabilities and Devices - The scope of digital experience extends to many devices.
  • Motivation - Why you should care about accessibility.
  • Don't Reinvent the Wheel - It's about development perspective. Your website design already allows for accessible practices.
  • What is WCAG 2.0? - Introduction to the criterion and understanding how to use the resources available to you.
  • Planning for Accessibility - Mapping WCAG 2.0 guidelines to your current practices.
  • Testing - Identifying conformance terminology and requirements.
  • Managing Accessibility - Requirements beyond coding and site building.

Day 2

  • Site Plan Review - Developers dive into hands on analysis of non-compliant sites.
  • Site Review Outcomes - Applying POUR principles to assess analysis.
  • Testing the Site - Utilizing accessibility evaluation tools.
  • Testing What you Know - More examples of possible pitfalls.
  • Structuring Your Page with Accessibility in Mind - Understanding ARIA and other tools to create compliant layout.
  • Non-web Content - Starting with accessible documents including Word, PPT, and Acrobat PDFs.