You don't have to be an accessibility expert to make your sites accessible. This course will help you attain the knowledge and skills to meet web accessibility guidelines and make your sites accessible to all users.
If you are a web/front-end developer, the work you produce must be accessible to all users. In this course, Meeting Web Accessibility Guidelines (Section 508/ WCAG 2.0), you will get hands-on, practical code examples that you can start using today towards your goal of meeting official accessibility guidelines. First, you will learn the differences between Section 508 and WCAG 2.0, helping you to decide which guideline to use. Next, you'll dive into real-world, reusable code patterns/techniques and matching them to relevant guidelines. After finishing this course, not only will you be equipped to acquire government/education-related contracts, but you'll be able to make sites that meet established accessibility conformance guidelines and are more usable for everyone.
Gerard K. Cohen loves front end engineering so much that he is on a mission to make sure that the web is inclusive to all users, making rich internet experiences available for all. He believes great Ux includes performance and accessibility.
Gerard lives in Oakland with his wife, and when he is not sleeping or drinking Zombies at tiki bars, he helps raise awareness by speaking at Front End and Accessibility conferences around the country
Welcome everyone, my name is Gerard K. Cohen and I will be your guide for this course on Meeting Web Accessibility Guidelines. I am a passionate front end engineer, and for the last 4 years I have worked on building an accessible UI framework to be used by over 80 commercial applications for one of the countries largest banks, well known for being the first to offer online banking.
In this course, I will introduce and go over the differences between two major accessibility guidelines, Section 508 and WCAG 2.0, and give you my recommendation on which guideline to choose. Then I will head straight in real world, reusable code patterns and techniques by retrofitting an existing site to meet relevant guidelines.
I'll adequately discuss semantic HTML, the basis for all accessbility, by demonstrating proper document sectioning, hiearchry, and structure ,
and accessible media, including images and videos.
I'll round out the course by talking about how responsive web design and the impact on accessibility. All along the way, I will use a live screen reader to demonstrate the before and after of each recommendation.
To be clear, accessibility is not a checklist or a product, and doing everything exacly as I demonstrate here in this course will not guarantee an accessible, compliant site. Even though I will be going over specific tips and code examples that you can use over and over again, it's important to note that meeting guidelines is completely dependant on your particular site and content, but by the end of this course you should have the knowledge to understand the core principles and skills on how to adapt them to your users needs.
You dont have to be an accessibility expert, but you do need to make your sites accessible and I hope you will join me in making the web available to everyone by learning how to meet web accessibility guidelines.