Accessibility for web writers

Training that gives you the skills to produce and test content that meets accessibility guidelines.

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

UPDATED for WCAG 2.1

This course takes a deep dive into the accessibility guidelines. You’ll learn how to check accessibility, and make improvements to your content.

It’s designed for people in dedicated digital or web content roles: web writers, editors, publishers and content managers. The content may be too technical for others.

Comprehensive course content

1. About accessibility

  • How people with disabilities use the web
  • Law and policy on accessibility in Australia
  • WCAG 2.1 – documents and structure

2. Navigation

  • 2.4.2 Page titled
  • 2.4.4 Link purpose

3. Structure

  • 1.3.1 Info and relationships
  • 2.4.6 Headings and labels.

4. Language

  • 3.1.2 Language of parts

5. Images and colour

  • 1.1.1 Non-text content
  • 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

6. Instructions and errors

  • 1.3.3 Sensory characteristics
  • 3.3.1 Error identification
  • 3.3.2 Labels or instructions
  • 3.3.3 Error suggestions

7. Audio and video

  • 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
  • 1.2.5 Audio descriptions.

8. Documents

  •  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
  • ‘Accessibility supported’ technologies
  • Current advice on using PDF and Word documents online.

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.

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 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 documents and how to use them in a meaningful way.