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Accessibility for Web Writers

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Accessibility training designed for people in content-related web roles: writers, editors, publishers and content managers.

Note: this course is designed for Australian participants. It uses Australian examples and refers to Australian law and policy. Contact us at if you're outside Australia and interested in taking this course.

Course content

The course will be presented over four 60-minute webinars in a single week, each starting at 1pm. (Note: the webinars will be recorded, so if you can't attend each session, you can watch the recording.)

20 February: About accessibility, covering:

  • disabilities that can affect how people use the web
  • barriers to accessibility, and the use of assistive technologies and workarounds
  • law and policy in Australia
  • overview of Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 documents and structure

21 February: Text-based content, covering WCAG 2.0 guidelines:

  • 1.3.3 Sensory characteristics
  • 3.1.2 Language of parts
  • 1.3.1 Info and relationships
  • 2.4.6 Headings and labels
  • 2.4.2 Page titled
  • 2.4.4 Link purpose

22 February: Image-based content, covering WCAG 2.0 guidelines:

  • 1.1.1 Non-text format
  • 1.4.1 Use of colour
  • 1.4.3 Contrast
  • 1.4.5 Images of text
  • 2.3.1 Three flashes or below threshold
  • 3.2.4 Consistent identification

23 February: Content formats other than HTML, covering:

  • concept of 'accessibility supported' technologies
  • PDF and other document formats
  • pre-recorded audio and video.

Course fee and payment options

The course fee is $275 per person. This fee includes GST.

If you want to pay on invoice, you'll need to provide a purchase order and we'll process your registration offline. Contact us on 03 5852 3853.

Printed notes, electronic resources

We'll send printed course notes to you by Express Post about 7 days before the first webinar (or as soon as you register if it's within 7 days of the start date).

INCLUDE YOUR POSTAL ADDRESS when you register, so we can post your notes.

You'll also be able to download the course presentation slides at the end of each webinar, and there is a range of supporting resources on our website.


We use Adobe Connect to present the webinars. To test if you'll be able to connect:

  1. Go to Adobe Connect Diagnostic Test from the computer you'll be using for the webinars. If this reports that you have the right technical set up, then
  2. Log into our test webinar page.

You won't need a microphone, but we recommend you use headphones.

You can also participate using the Adobe Connect app for tablet or smartphones but you won't be able to download course-related files.

If you want to do the exercises (they're not compulsory), you'll need to be able to install this software on your computer:

  • Internet Explorer users: Web Accessibility Toolbar (free download)
  • Chrome or Firefox users: Web Developer Toolbar, Colour Contrast Analyser (free downloads)

We'll tell you where to download and how to install this software in the notes that we send you.

Cancellations and refunds

If you want to cancel your registration:

  • 7 or more days before the first webinar, we'll refund your fee minus a $10 administration fee
  • any time after this, you can transfer your registration to another person (let us know so they receive course-related emails). We will not refund your fee at this point because we'll have posted the course materials to you.

If we cancel the webinar series, we'll fully refund your fee.

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