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Designing Accessible Websites: Moving Beyond Compliance

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July 21, 2010 11:15 AM

The Wharton School

The Wharton School

Designing an accessible web site is more than just complying with a checklist. The designers who naturally focus on accessibility compliance are not the people who matter most: people with disabilities who are trying to use the web site.

Derek Featherstone is one of the leading authorities on designing accessible web sites. He'll show you how to extend your goal of creating delightful and pleasurable interfaces to everyone, including people with disabilities. You'll see that designing for people using assistive devices, such as screen readers, head-mounted pointers, and voice-input, doesn't have to be difficult, but it does have to be deliberate.

Learn how design technologies, such as Ajax, can be a huge benefit to accessibility, instead of a problem. Derek will show you ways that improve the efficiency of most users while enhancing the disabled users' experience dramatically. Just like how sidewalk curb cuts for wheelchair users help everyone who has a stroller, shopping cart, or wheeled suitcase.

You'll really enjoy Derek's entertaining style as he shows you how to:

  • Modify existing interfaces, such as Google Maps, to be more accessible than the defaults, using simple coding enhancements
  • Examine how to enhance multimedia in e-learning using the right tools
  • Identify common pitfalls, such as positioning error messages and warnings in places where assistive devices can't see them
  • Use rescue points to give lost users a way to easily recover and return to a known location

Derek will fire you up to move your web sites beyond compliance and deliver the rich experience you want everyone to have.

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