Web accessibility course brings skills to industry and government

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Wednesday, 13 June 2012 15:51pm

Registrations are now open for our six-week online web accessibility course, Australia's only tertiary-backed accessibility course for web professionals.

The Professional Certificate in Web Accessibility is a joint venture between Media Access Australia and the University of South Australia, and seeks to help educate web professionals in industry and government on how to include people with disabilities in their web design and development.

As more people worldwide gain access to the internet, there is a growing wave of demand for accessible web design and development skills allowing people with disabilities to use the web. This demand has increased with the Australian Federal Government adopting best practice international guidelines on accessibility.

The next Professional Certificate in Web Accessibility course runs from 6 August to 14 September, and will equip web professionals with the skills to meet this demand.

“Most accessibility techniques are not complicated and are just part of good coding practice,” said Dr Scott Hollier, one of the course convenors and an expert in internet accessibility and the digital divide.

“When built into web design from the beginning, accessibility features can be simple to implement and maintain. Basic features, such as clear headings that are screen reader compatible, can enable access to a wider audience.”

The guidelines adopted by the Australian Federal Government last year are the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, which will be implemented according to the National Transition Strategy. Techniques to implement these guidelines and how to audit a website in accordance with them will be covered in the course.

Other subjects covered include the development of accessible cascading style sheets (CSS), creation of accessible multimedia content and development of accessible forms and CAPTCHAs.

Visit the Professional Certificate in Web Accessibility webpage for information about the course, reviews from previous participants or to register.

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