Web Accessibility Resources
Resources for Emory & Henry's Proposed Web Guidelines
The proposed Emory & Henry guidelines were drawn from the following resources, as well as the best practices of other post secondary institutions.
- W3C's Web Content Accessibility Guidelines
The WCAG sets the standards for web content to insure that it is accessible to people with disabilities. This set of guidelines is directed towards web content developers.
- Section 508 Guidelines
Section 508 is a section of the Rehabilitation Act sets the standards for federal websites
Tools for Web Accessibility Validation and Evaluation
- Useful Accessibility Validation and Evaluation Tools
Emory & Henry's web accessibility committee reviewed hundreds of validation and evaluation tools. All the tools included in this page were found to be of measurable value. The web accessibility committee will continue to review and update this page.
- deque Worldspace FireEyes
- Powermapper SortSite
SortSite checks sites against the W3C WCAG 1.0 and 2.0 accessibility standards, and compliance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. These checks find problems stopping disabled users from using a web site. Testing against these standards reduces legal exposure by demonstrating compliance with disability discrimination legislation in the US, Canada and Europe.
Web Accessibility E-books
- Building Accessible Websites by Joe Clark
An excellent introduction to the issues of web accessibility written by accessibility guru Joe Clark. This book was originally published in 2002, so some of the information is outdated.
- Understanding Web Accessibility
Shawn Lawton Henry's introduction to Web Accessibility issues and the different perspectives that the issues may be approached by.
- Testing for Web Accessibility
Jim Thatcher's examination of different accessibility testing programs. This chapter also sheds light on when human testing is helpful and what accessibility tests CAN tell you about your website.
- Creating Accessible Content
This PDF provided by Friends of Ed publishing is a great place to start if you want to create accessible content on your site.
Accessibility Resources for Content developers
- Introducing Web Accessibility
The WAI's introduction to web accessibility and the issues related to creating an accessible site.
WebAIM is an organization dedicated to "expanding the web's potential for people with disabilities. This is a great site to for locating articles written by leaders in the field dealing with accessibility issues.
- A List Apart: Accessibility
A list apart is an online magazine "for people who make websites." Not only can you view each issue separately, but you can also browse topic areas, including accessibility.
A step by step usability guide provided by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.
- IBM Human Ability and Accessibility Center
"Accessibility at IBM means enabling IT hardware, software and Web application products so they can be used by more people, either directly, or in combination with assistive technology products."
Application Specific Resources
- Adobe Accessibility Resource Center
The Adobe Accessibility Resource Center provides information on how to make Adobe products more accessible for people using adaptive technologies and of varied abilities.
- Microsoft Enable
Microsoft's guide to "Discover accessibility settings that are already on your PC, and make your computer more comfortable, and easier to see, hear, and use."
Web Accessibility Tutorials and Classes
- Lynda.com Web Accessibility Principles Video Tutorials
Accessibility on the web has been an issue for over a decade, and it remains a crucial—but often overlooked—element of web design. Instructor Zoe Gillenwater explains the concept of accessibility as it applies to the web, and describes how it affects the audience.
OTL) includes video-based eLearning courses on Adobe applications and technologies; Microsoft Office; Web design; digital photography, video and audio; Mac applications; programming, and more. Lynda.com's all-star team of trainers and teachers provides comprehensive and unbiased movie-based training to an international membership of tens of thousands of subscribers.
- Accessible Rhetoric, "Screencast: How to do audio description using SMIL"
Here's a screencast I(Sean Zdenek) made last summer (2009) for the online students in my Web Accessibility and Disability Studies course. I'm using this video to try out interactive transcripts (using 3PlayMedia's plugin).
- Equal Access to Software and Information (EASI) Webinar's
EASI is producing 2 series of Interactive Webinars on specific accessibility-related topics. You can listen to the presenter, and watch as the presenter pushes Web pages and also ask questions yourself. These are hour-long presentations covering general topics and frequently dealing with more advanced materials. One series is free to the public providing an overview of up-to-date information about current events in accessibility. The other series is fee-based, and these usually consists of a set of 4 presentations providing detailed, hands-on, skill-based experience with applications that facilitate creating accessible content.
- IU UITS IT Training Tips Blog articles on Accessibility
These blog posts cover different techniques for creating accessible content based on the Emory & Henry Web Accessibility Guidelines. New posts will be continually added.
Accessible Course Material Resources
Creating accessible web pages is only part of the story. Many similar issues such as using headings for document structure, providing alternative text for images, and ensuring the correct reading order exist in the other electronic document formats too. Here is how to make materials such as Word documents, PowerPoint, PDF's, videos, etc. accessible too:
Creating Accessible PowerPoint Documents
Creating Accessible PowerPoint 2003 Presentations
Microsoft's guide to creating accessible PowerPoint presentations (uses PowerPoint 2003).