Making WebCT Accessible for All Users. "The power of the Web is in its universality. Access by everyone regardless of disability is an essential aspect." Tim Berners-Lee, W3C Director and inventor of the World Wide Web. "The world is harder when it is not conceived for you.".
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Making WebCT Accessible for All Users
"The power of the Web is in its universality. Access by everyone regardless of disability is an essential aspect."
W3C Director and inventor of the World Wide Web
The design of products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design.
Accessibility, Usability and the Disabled Student http://www.ultimatehandbooks.net/excerpts/accessibility.html
One option is to link to an outside chat tool that is accessible while staying inside WebCT.
The three recommended chat tools follow:
1. Naken Chat (Sweden):http://chat.naken.cc/
2. The Learning Disabilities Resource Center (Canada): http://www.ldrc.ca/community/chat/
3. Accessible Chat (University of Toronto - Ontario, Canada) http://snow.utoronto.ca/cgi/achat/main.cgi
WebCT has developed an accessible interface for the Whiteboard feature.
Warning: If you are using Windows Internet Explorer and you have installed a Java plug-in and configured it as the default Java Virtual Machine, Whiteboard may not appear with the accessible interface.
For more whiteboard instructions, go to
Some WebCT tools such as "Add Single Page" give you the choice to open links in the same window or in a new one. Where you are given the choice, always open links in the same window.
If you use the "Add Link" option, always select
"Link Opens in Main Window"
This will prevent confusion for some users with visual impairments or learning disabilities and will allow accessible browsers to follow the links.
Icons added on main pages
WebCT will automatically generate "alt" text for icons added to Course Home Page or Tool Pages. The "alt" text is generated based on the text entered in the "title" field for the icon. If you add a text title, this will result in the title being read twice.
Include text descriptions of graphics
Graphics inserted in WebCT need an <ALT> tag, text description, or <long desc> to explain the graphic.
Associate text descriptions with icons that do not have an ALT tag
Put the corresponding text to the right (or left) of the icon rather than below (or above) it in organizer pages.
That way, when visually impaired users access the page using a screen reader, they will get a label following each image rather than a series of images followed by a series of labels. From the home page, select "Organize Icons" and then "Layout". Select the radio button for "Label Position: Left (or Right) of Icon" and press the "Update" button.
You CAN permanently remove the left frame (unfortunately not the top one).
On the control panel, choose 'Change settings' and at the bottom of the page check 'Hide Left Frame' before clicking 'Go'. The online course will appear without the left frame both for you and your students.
Provide alternate formats of the same document
You can add any file type to WebCT, however, your students must have the right software to open your file.
The golden rule to help students to be able to use files is to provide two versions of the same file.
Convert PDFs to accessible HTML or a Word RTF file. Offer both file types.
Asst. Dir. for disAbled Student Support Services
Kennesaw State University