Web Accessibility Resources - Web Center

Learn about web accessibility, create/modify your web pages (HTML) and content files (PDF, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.) to meet accessibility guidelines, and then run each page through an accessibility validation tool (see below) to ensure its accessibility to all people, including those with disabilities.

The Best Online Resource for Web Accessibility

WebAIM - The Best Website for Learning About Web Accessibility

…in the Web Team's humble opinion. Start here.

  • WebAIM (Web Accessibility In Mind) - An excellent website. Explanations are clear and thorough. (tutorials, resource, articles, reference)
    • HTML Accessibility: Authoring Tools, Content and Structure, Forms, Frames, Images, JavaScript, Keyboard Accessibility, Presentation and Style, Tables
    • Rich Media Accessibility: Adobe Acrobat PDF, Captioning, Flash, PowerPoint, Word
    • The User's Perspective: Disability Types: Visual (such as blindness, low vision, color-blindness); Auditory (such as deafness); Motor (such as inability to use a mouse, lack of fine muscle control); Cognitive (such as reading disorders, learning disabilities, ADHD); Seizure (such as from flickering and flashing)
    • Standards and Laws: WCAG, United States, International
    • Evaluation, Testing, and Tools: Online checkers/validators/simulators, free and commercial software, books, assistive technologies, browsers

Another great resource is:

How to Make Specific Content Files Accessible (PDF, MS Office, etc.)

Accessibile content files (MS Office, PDF, etc.) are important even when they are not posted to a website.

Lynda.com Training Offered by Ohlone College for Employees

Through Ohlone's employee learning portal, employees have access to all Lynda.com training. Lynda.com is a great resource of online training for many topics, including how to create accessible content files: Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Adobe PDF files, Adobe InDesign files, and others. Lynda.com also offers training on creating accessible media files (video, audio) through captioning and transcripts.

Available training course titles focused on accessibility of documents include:

  • Creating Accessible Microsoft Office Documents - includes: Understanding Accessibility, Word Documents, Excel Workbooks, PowerPoint Presentations
  • Creating Accessible PDFs (2014)
  • Advanced Accessible PDFs
  • Creating Accessible PDFs with Acrobat DC

In addition to the above, software training courses may include a module addressing accessibility of that software program.

The versions of software covered by the training videos may be different from what you have on your computer. But the videos are very useful to teach you what and why and how to create accessible files. You can then take that knowledge and review resources for your version of software on the Microsoft and Adobe websites, or other online resources, to get the details you may need for your software version.

MS Office Files

PDF Files

Start with an accessible MS Office file (or other type of software file) before creating a PDF file and then making that accessible.

Forms with MS Word and Adobe PDF

Video/Audio Accessibility

See Video / Audio / Multimedia.

Color Contrast and Accessibility

Web Accessibility Guidelines

Web Accessibility Checklists

Ohlone College is targetting meeting the requirements of WCAG 2.0 Level AA when assessing accessibility of web pages and content files.

Web Accessibility Tools

  • WebAIM - Accessibility Tools (tutorials)
  • WAVE Accessibility Tool (from WebAIM) - check your pages for accessibility (free online tool)

  • Watchfire WebXACT - WebXACT is a free online service that lets you test single pages of web content for quality, accessibility, and privacy issues. (free online tool)
  • Page Valet - check your pages for accessibility (free online tool)

Learn About Web Accessibility: Why? What? How?

Tutorials

  • WebAIM (Web Accessibility In Mind) - An excellent website. Explanations are clear and thorough. (tutorials, resource, articles, reference)
    • HTML Accessibility: Authoring Tools, Content and Structure, Forms, Frames, Images, JavaScript, Keyboard Accessibility, Presentation and Style, Tables
    • Rich Media Accessibility: Adobe Acrobat PDF, Captioning, Flash, PowerPoint, Word
    • The User's Perspective: Disability Types: Visual (such as blindness, low vision, color-blindness); Auditory (such as deafness); Motor (such as inability to use a mouse, lack of fine muscle control); Cognitive (such as reading disorders, learning disabilities, ADHD); Seizure (such as from flickering and flashing)
    • Standards and Laws: WCAG, United States, International
    • Evaluation, Testing, and Tools: Online checkers/validators/simulators, free and commercial software, books, assistive technologies, browsers

  • W3C WAI - How People with Disabilities Use the Web - Very informative. "This resource introduces how people with disabilities, including people with age-related impairments, use the Web. It describes tools and approaches that people with different kinds of disabilities use to browse the Web and the design barriers they encounter on the Web. It helps developers, designers, and others to understand the principles for creating accessible websites, web applications, browsers, and other web tools." (resource)

  • Access-Board.gov - Web-based Intranet and Internet Information and Applications (tutorial, resource)

References

Additional Resources

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