Spring 2003

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This is a hands on course where students will learn how the web is different for people with disabilities and how to design web resources so they are equally accessible to all people. The course includes introduction to the concepts of designing accessible web based materials to be more accessible to people with disabilities. Students will actually redesign web resources to be more accessible to people with disabilities, and the redesigns will contribute to the on-line knowledge and resources available to help web developers understand how to make the web more accessible. Participants should have experience in developing and publishing web materials.

Students will learn:

Students will work on a semester project related to creating test suites and evaluating user agents for implementation of W3C User Agent Accessibility Guidelines.


Jon Gunderson, Ph.D.
Division of Rehabilitation - Education Services
Phone: (217) 224-5870
E-mail: jongund@uiuc.edu


Credits: 3-4 Credits, 1 Unit (1 unit or 4 credits requires project work)

Timetable: LIS 350


Lecture Location: 290 Undergraduate Library

Lecture Times: Tuesday and Thursdays, 9:10am - 10:25am


Lecture Information
Date Topic Readings Assignment
January 21 Alternative Views of the Web: Adjusting Browsers
  1. [CAWS] Chapter 1
January 23 Alternative Views of the Web: Speech Browsing
  1. [CAWS] Chapter 3
Assignment 1
January 28 Web Content Accessibility Guidelines
  1. [CAWS] Chapter 2
  2. W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0
  3. Section 508 Electronic Information Technology Standards
  4. State of Illinois Guidelines
January 30 Evaluation and Repair Tools and Section 508 requirements
  1. [CAWS] Chapter 7
  2. Bobby
February 4 Evaluation and Repair Tools
  1. [CAWS] Chapter 7
  2. A-Prompt
  3. 508 Accessibility Suite for Dreamweaver and UltraDev (extension)
  4. LIFT
Assignment 2
February 6 W3C User Agent Accessibility Guidelines and Web usability and functional testing for accessibility
  1. W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0
  2. Beyond Alt Text Report
February 11 HTML Markup and Structure
  1. [CAWS] Chapter 4
  2. W3C HTML 4.01 Specification
February 13 Navigation and CSS
  1. [CAWS] Chapter 5
  2. W3C HTML 4.01 Specification
February 18 CSS for text formatting
  1. [CAWS] Chapter 6
  2. W3C HTML 4.01 Specification
Assignment 3
February 20 Forms and Tables
  1. [CAWS] Chapter 9
  2. [DHTML] Chapter 3
  3. W3C CSS1 Specification
  4. W3C CSS2 Specification
February 25 Forms and Tables
  1. [CAWS] Chapter 9
  2. [DHTML] Chapter 4
February 27 CSS Positioning
  1. [CAWS] Chapter 4
  2. W3C CSS1 Specification
  3. W3C CSS2 Specification
March 4 Images and Text Equivalents
  1. [DHTML] Chapter 2
Assignment 4
March 6 No class    
March 11 Scripting: Device independence
  1. [DHTML] Chapter 6
March 13 Scripting: Dynamic content
  1. [DHTML] Chapter 4
  2. [DHTML] Chapter 5
March 18 Review for Exam 1 and redesigning websites  
March 20 Exam 1    
March 25 Spring Break    
March 27 Spring Break    
April 1 Redesigning Websites    Assignment 5
April 3 Redesigning Websites    
April 8 Redesigning Websites    
April 11 Introduction to Multimedia Accessibility: Microsoft Media Player  
April 15 Multimedia: Real Media and Quicktime Assignment 6
April 17 Adobe PDF Accessibility  
April 22 Adobe PDF Accessibility Assignment 7
April 24 Adobe PDF Accessibility  
April 29 Flash Accessibility
  1. [CAWS] Chapter 10
Final Exam (Due May 12th)
May 1 Legal requirements
  1. [CAWS] Chapter 13
May 6 Authoring Tool Accessibility Issues
  1. W3C Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines
  2. [CAWS] Chapter 8
May 12: 8:00am - 11:00am Final Exam 2    

Software Materials

HomePage Reader 3.02
Operasoft Opera 6.05
Internet Explorer 6.0
Netscape Navigator 7.1
Real Media Player
Microsoft Media Player
Apple Quicktime Player

Required Print Materials

[CAWS] Constructing Accessible Web Sites
Authors: Jim Thatcher, Cynthia Waddell, Shawn Henry, Sarah Swierenga, Mark Urban, Michael Burks, Bob Regan, Paul Bohman
Publisher: Glasshauss

Optional Print Materials

[DHTML] Dynamic HTML: The Definitive Reference (Optional)
Author: Danny Goodman
Publisher: O'Reilly.
[ONCSS] on CSS: Mastering the Language of Web Design
Author: Eric Meyer
Publisher: New Riders