Thu, Nov 25
Accessibility and user experience
Understand the basics of web site accessibility, how to build in accessibility from the beginning, and common tools for helping build accessible online experiences.
- Accessibility concepts
- Standards and testing
- Tools and techniques
- Other topics: semantics
Introduction to accessibility
Using the tools and techniques we reviewed in class, and additional resources and readings, create a brief accessibility review of the site I have assigned to you. You only need to examine the single linked page. If you have problems accessing the site, or using any of the accessibility tools to access the site, contact me for a replacement. Don't leave this until the last minute. Check it soon.
Keep your review brief. You may use point form or tables where necessary.
Organize your review based on the "POUR" framework:
Don't just summarize the output of automated tools - use your understanding and judgement. Consider:
- Clarity of content
- Use semantic of elements
- Text size and contrast
- Use with a screen reader (if possible)
- Use with keyboard access mode (if possible)
- Use with "reader" mode
- Use with on mobile
- and any other key concepts
Include a bibliography of resources you consulted.
Upload to Brightspace as a PDF. Name your file YOURLASTNAME_accessibility.pdf
Due Wed, Dec 01, 6:00 PM.
Basic semantic tags
- How People with Disabilities Use the Web
Using plain language
- Understanding contrast ratio
- Perspectives on contrast
- Type on the web
- Example of high-quality captions.
- How to use the Voiceover screen reader.
- A collection of good basic articles on accessibility
- Another strong guide to accessibility
- Accessibility tools and testing
- Semantics cheat sheet
- A short course on accessibility
Contact me - Slack is best.