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2018-11-01 9:00:00 2018-11-01 9:00:00 Australia/Melbourne Accessibility for Web Writers Workshop - WCAG 2.1 Update This full-day workshop provides a thorough grounding in accessibility issues associated with producing content for publication online. It is based... Australia Michael Green mgreen@mav.asn.au

Accessibility for Web Writers Workshop - WCAG 2.1 Update

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This full-day workshop provides a thorough grounding in accessibility issues associated with producing content for publication online. It is based on the recently updated Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1.

Program information

This full-day Accessibility for Web Writers – WCAG 2.1 Updates Workshop provides a thorough grounding in accessibility issues associated with producing content for publication online. It is based on the recently updated Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1. In preparing the workshop we have focused on the level-A and level-AA guidelines, since Australian websites must conform to WCAG 2.1 at level-AA. The workshop also covers related level-AAA guidelines, but these are not generally discussed unless there is a particular interest in achieving level-AAA conformance.

We introduce the workshop with a survey of the main types of disabilities that affect people’s use of the web. We consider barriers content or design can create, along with technologies or work-arounds people with disabilities may use.

We the look at the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (versions 2.0 and 2.1), focusing on the structure of these standards, and the key documents that support them.

Who should attend?

This course was designed for council staff who regularly write, edit, review, publish or manage content for their organisation’s website, intranet or blog. Participants should have some experience using web publishing tools. A basic understanding of HMTL mark-up would be helpful.

The workshop is not suitable for multimedia designers, web designers or developers - it doesn’t cover the full range of guidelines relevant to their work, staff who write web content only occasionally, or send it to web publishers or editors to be marked up – unless they have a strong motivation to learn about content accessibility.

Facilitator – Dey Alexander

Facilitated by content specialist Dey Alexander, who has an additional 13 years’ experience as digital content consultant working on website projects since 1993. She was involved in the development of one of the first Australian university websites and before that, a specialist site for academic philosophers, and has worked with a range of government, corporate and not-for-profit organisations. She’s aware of the various challenges organisations face in creating and maintaining accessible content. Dey’s experience in this field is acknowledged in her partnership with Vision Australia who acknowledge her as part of their public education program on digital accessibility.

Her experience includes:

  • Information architecture
  • Content strategy
  • Writing and editing
  • Usability and user experience design
  • Accessibility (she is co-founder of the Web Accessibility Network for Australian Universities).