Accessibility in the Online Environment
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
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Presentation: Accessibility in the Online Environment
Presenter: Dawn Hunziker, Disability Resource Center
- Why is Web Accessibility important?
- Section 508
- Making your site accessible
- Text equivalents
- Q: What about font-weight?
A: Font-weight is the same as color; it cannot be used to convey information.
- Q: Can links have the title attribute set to avoid cluttering the site for sighted users?
A: Yes, depending on the screen reader settings.
- Q: Does the screen reader pull these links out of context?
A: Yes, it can depending on how the user chooses to browse.
- Q: Do screen readers ignore CSS?
A: Yes, except for Fire Vox.
- Only put Skip Navigation links on lower-level pages (not front page).
- Form elements need to have label tags.
- Q: How well do the screen readers deal with AJAX-based forms?
A: As long as what was changed is below the current location, it should work.
- PDF accessibility
To check the structure of a PDF (in Adobe Reader), go to View -> Zoom -> Reflow.
To structure a PDF (in Adobe Acrobat Professional), go to Advanced -> Accessibility.
- Q: How does this technology impact distance learning?
A: If there is a disabled student in the course, captioning should be done. If the content will not change often or is popular, let DRC know.
- If you are considering converting textbooks to an e-reader format, be sure the e-books are accessible.
- Q: Do blind students use search?
- Q: Do access keys work?
- Q: Is there anything else to think about other than visual and color impairments?
A: Hearing, usability in general.
- Q: Which CMSs tend to be more accessible?
A: Unknown, check options, esp. Drupal. Anything used by California Universities / Community Colleges is generally better, because of regulatory issues.