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 info@4syllables.com.au if you're outside Australia and interested in taking this course.

Course content

The course will be presented over four webinars on four consecutive Tuedays starting at 11.00am AEDT. Each webinar will run for around 60 minutes. The webinars will be recorded, so if you can't attend each session, you can watch the recording.

12 November: About accessibility, covering:

  • how people with disabilities use the web
  • law and policy in Australia
  • overview of Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 documents and structure

19 November: Navigation, structure, language and instructions and errors, covering:

  • 2.4.2 Page titled
  • 2.4.4 Link purpose
  • 1.3.1 Info and relationships
  • 2.4.6 Headings and labels
  • 3.1.2 Language of parts
  • 1.3.3 Sensory characteristics
  • 3.3.2 Labels or instructions
  • 3.1.2 Language of parts
  • 3.3.3 Error suggestions

26 November: Images and colour, covering:

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

3 December: Audio, video and documents, covering:

  • 1.1.1 Non-text content
  • 1.2.1 Audio-only and video-only (pre-recorded)
  • 1.2.2 Captions (pre-recorded)
  • 1.2.3 Audio description or media alternative (pre-recorded)
  • 1.2.5 Audio descriptions
  • 1.3.2 Meaningful sequence
  • 2.1.1 Keyboard
  • 2.4.1 Bypass blocks
  • 3.1.1 Language of page
  • 3.2.2 On input
  • 3.2.3 Consistent navigation
  • 4.1.2 Name, role, value
  • concept of 'accessibility supported' technologies
  • current advice on using PDF and Word documents.

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 a week 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.

Requirements - check before you register

We use Adobe Connect to present the webinars. Before you register, 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:

  • More than 10 days before the first webinar, we'll refund your fee minus a $10 administration fee
  • 10 or fewer days before the first webinar, you can transfer your registration to another person (let us know so they receive course-related emails). We on't 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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