Designing Accessible College Web Pages. By Rachel Kessel, Project Manager for WAOL at CIS & Kayeri Akweks, Manager of Online Student Services, SBCTC Summer 2005 Presentation at the YVCC Distance Learning Seminar.
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By Rachel Kessel, Project Manager for WAOL at CIS & Kayeri Akweks, Manager of Online Student Services, SBCTC
Summer 2005 Presentation at the YVCC Distance Learning Seminar
Creating accessible web pages ensures that ALL persons who visit your web sitehave the SAME information available.
Logical organization of material
Make life much easier for this population.
pronounce words phonetically without comprehension of the meaning of words, sentences or graphical layouts
do not read content in order, all links on a page are read first, followed by static content.
do not read color, layout, pictures, movies, sound files, animations, etc.
take time and effort to learn how to use
provide students with a limited amount of web-based course material, or no ability to participate in class discussions because they are held in a Java-applet chat room
and other adaptive technologies
areas for users with loss of gross or fine motor control. They may feature
mouse emulation mode so that the arrow keys or numeric keypad of the
same keyboard are used for mouse movements. http://www.ergosci.com/keyboards.html http://www.utoronto.ca/atrc/reference/tech/altkey.html
Section 504 Of The Rehabilitation Act* Title 29, Chapter 31
Section 508 of The Rehabilitation Act of 1973
(Referred to as "Section 508," this was passed as part of the WorkForce Rehabilitation Act of 1973.)
Applicable to everyone
The rules of the Washington State Law Against Discrimination (RCW 49.60) define a disability as any abnormal sensory, mental or physical condition that:
Yes. The biggest difference is that federal law requires the medical condition to be permanent or long lasting. Federal law also requires the disability to have an impact on a major life function. State law covers medical conditions that are temporary or have short duration. State law also applies to permanent or long-term conditions.
Anyone can visit a particular web site, with any kind of web browsing technology, and access material and interact with the site without difficulty.
Gives users a better chance of understanding the content presented on a site, as well as successfully navigating throughout the site.
Includes mechanisms and strategies that accommodate the needs of the broadest range of users of computers and telecommunications equipment, regardless of age or disability.
Does your content make sense when read exactly as it is displayed? For example this…
Would be read by some screen readers like this…
<table summary=“Bugs Bunny short titles, with director name theatrical air date">
<caption>Bugs Bunny Shorts</caption>
<th scope=“col”>Air Date</th>
<th scope=“row”>Bully For Bugs</th>
Make sure your sites are:
from a simplistic approach.
<a href="../coursecatalog/default.asp"><img src="missing.gif"></a>
<a href="../coursecatalog/default.asp"><img src="missing.gif" alt="Click here for class schedule"></a>