Web Accessibility: Learn New Techniques to Improve Assistive Technologies Design

Presenter: Dr. David Sloan;
Organiser: Ana-Maria Salai (Heriot-Watt University);
RDF Domain: A1 - Knowledge base; A3 - Creativity; D1 - Working with others;

Lecture slides will become available here


There is an increased demand for rich interaction; however, many of these dynamic interactions and widgets are problematic for assistive technologies. Are you planning to involve people with disabilities in your research? Are you interested in designing accessible systems? Are you wondering how to make a drag-and-drop element keyboard accessible? Or how to make a complex menu system keyboard accessible? Or even how to present pop-up messages to blind users?

Meeting accessibility standards is essential not only to help people with disabilities, but to also make a website more efficient. Join this workshop to understand (1) how accessibility can affect a website and (2) how it can be implemented.

Session Outline

  • Part 1 (30 minutes): Participants will receive a brief introduction to web accessibility principles and current guidelines.
  • Part 2 (30 minutes): Participants will receive W3C guidelines and will be asked to implement small tasks.
  • Part 3 (30 minutes): Participants will team up into groups to discuss the guidelines and possibly generate new ideas on how to gain accessibility.

Learning Outcomes

  • LO1: You will understand why accessibility is important.
  • L02: You will be familiar with guidelines and recommendations on how to make the web more accessible.
  • L03: You will be able to implement basic accessibility and evaluate it.

Additional Information

Basic web development knowledge is necessary to gain the most out of this workshop.