Accessibility for web writers

Get the skills you need to produce and test content that meets the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.

Offered as a public course, webinar series, or in-house.

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

Great resources

Whether you do this training online or face-to-face you’ll get:

  • printed booklet of detailed workshop notes
  • electronic presentation materials, including all of the examples we use during the training
  • extensive supporting articles and materials online.

Comprehensive course content

The course has 6 content modules (some are combined in the webinar version). Most provide a detailed discussion of relevant WCAG 2.0 guidelines, including sufficient and advisory techniques, and documented failures. You’ll learn how to check the accessibility of your content and make improvements.

  1. 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
    • an overview of the documents and structure of WCAG 2.0.
  2. Written content, covering the following guidelines:
    • 1.3.3 Sensory characteristics
    • 3.1.2 Language of parts.
  3. Structure and formatting, covering the following guidelines:
    • 1.3.1 Info and relationships
    • 2.4.6 Headings and labels.
  4. Navigation, covering the following guidelines:
    • 2.4.2 Page titled
    • 2.4.4 Link purpose.
  5. Images, covering the following guidelines:
    • 1.1.1 Non-text content
    • 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.
  6. Content formats other than HTML, covering:
    • accessibility supported technologies
    • PDF and other document formats
    • pre-recorded audio and video.

Experienced facilitator

Dey Alexander has over 20 years web experience. She’s consulted to a wide range of organisations and worked on numerous web projects.  Dey offers this course as part of Vision Australia’s digital accessibility training program.

Comments from past participants

  • This workshop really hit the nail on the head for me. I’ve tried to read the WCAG guidelines, but they’re really overwhelming. Nice to have someone explain it all.
  • Essential information for any web writer or content owner. Should be a requirement of any web writing role to attend this course.
  • Very good coverage of the most important things for writers. I learnt a lot.
  • This explained the WCAG requirements and how to meet them in an easy to understand way. I’d recommend this highly to people trying to understand a complex issue.
  • WCAG 2.0 has been reviewed and digested for me. Saved me a lot of time and brought me up to speed.
  • I really enjoyed this workshop and will definitely use what I learnt in my work.
  • Examples were great. Notes and handouts were great.
  • I’d love to be able to have the whole university community attend this workshop.
  • Really helped me to navigate WCAG and identify what was important to my role as a writer/editor.
  • I got a lot out of this workshop including demystifying of the WCAG 2.0 documents and how to use them in a meaningful way.