Informal Survey of Books on Word/Office Sample size: 9 books –3 each for Office 2007, 2010, and 2013 Number that mentioned alt text for images: 0 Number that emphasized Heading styles for document structure: 2
The Most Authoritative Book on Office 2013 I Could Find 1024 pages Like the others, does not mention alt text for images
Informal Survey of Books on HTML Sample size: 5 books (3 on HTML5) Number that mentioned accessibility markup (e.g., scope, headers) in chapter on tables: 0 Number that mentioned element for closed captions or descriptions in chapter on HTML5 video: 0
But that authoritative book… Never mentions ARIA Does have a section on Accessibility! –Three paragraphs on pages 378-379 –(The book has 380 pages) –The section begins: “An accessible application is one that accommodates people with special needs.” –The phrase “special needs” occurs 7 times in these three paragraphs
Information is Everywhere Books Web pages Web design course curriculum Curriculum for faculty and staff trainings Help docs for using IT products (Mis) (Missing)
Three steps we’ve taken to address this problem 1.Develop our own web design and development curriculum 2.Inject accessibility into training materials for faculty and staff 3.Inject accessibility into online help docs (part of a larger standardization effort)
Web Design & Development I Course Curriculum http://uw.edu/accesscomputing/webd2
Ability on a continuum See Hear Walk Read print Write with pen or pencil Communicate verbally Tune out distraction etc.
Teaching Respect for Diversity while Teaching Coding All this diversity provides technology teachers with a great opportunity! There is no technology without users Each user is different When learning to code, students should actively consider their users, including user differences
Features Teaches standards-based and accessible web design Is platform and vendor-neutral (teaches concepts, not specific tools) Standards-based, accessible design is taught early as a core design principle, and reinforced throughout the course For assignments students must use valid code & conform to accessibility standards
Course Outline 1.Designing and Planning Web Pages 2.Creating Content and Structure with HTML 3.Formatting Web Pages with Style Sheets 4.Graphics 5.Scripting 6.Quality Control 7.Website Management and Authoring Tools 8.Client Website
Not Just a Curriculum, A Community Over 4000 registered teachers worldwide Discussion list with 400+ subscribers Students and teachers are learning about standards-based, accessible web design and development
Teaching the World (Countries with one or more teachers)
Inject accessibility into training materials for faculty and staff UW-IT Learning Technologies –Computing workshops Canvas LMS Catalyst Web Tools Tegrity Lecture Capture Google Apps –Faculty Fellows Program New faculty orientation One-week intensive program including teaching strategies and education technologies
Inject accessibility into online tutorials and help docs Academic Services External Document Review Task Force –Learning Technologies, Instructional Technology Support and Training –Academic and Collaborative Applications –Classroom Support Services –Student Program (Kuali Student) –Communications –Accessible Technology Services
Goal Statement All groups within Academic Services (AS) have web content. The goal of this project is to inventory, review, and support improvements to external-facing documentation of Academic Services, including website content. The activities of the task force should result in improvements to the collection of materials as a whole, making help easier to find for our users and more useful once they find it and the collection of teaching and learning materials more complete, cohesive, and consistent. The task force will also make recommendations to the project sponsor [Associate Vice Provost for Academic Technologies] regarding ongoing work in these areas.
Resources The curriculum: –http://uw.edu/accesscomputing/webd2http://uw.edu/accesscomputing/webd2 Accessible Technology at the UW –http://uw.edu/accessibilityhttp://uw.edu/accessibility These slides: –http://staff.washington.edu/tfthttp://staff.washington.edu/tft
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