On-Line Web 2.0 Accessibility Course using the W3C ARIA Specifications

Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES)

University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign


Dates and Time

Elluminate Online Learning System


Disability Accommodation

If you need any disability related accommodations to participate in the course, like text captioning of lectures or alternative formats, please contact the instructor as soon as possible.

Cost and Registration

Discussion List

Web 2.0 Course Discussion List


The on-line course is designed for web developers creating Web 2.0 applications to learn about the accessibility of these technologies to people with disabilities. Participants will learn about keyboard support, focus management issues and how to use the emerging W3C Accessible Rich Internet Applications (ARIA) specifications to create accessible Web 2.0 applications. Participants will learn about the accessibility issues faced by people with disabilities in using the web, and how web 2.0 resources can be designed to improve accessibility using the ARIA technologies. Participants will learn about keyboard models, setting keyboard focus, the W3C Roles for ARIA and States and Properties Module for ARIA specifications for making web 2.0 widgets compatible with assistive technologies through ARIA support in Firefox browser and assistive technologies like WindowEyes and JAWS screen readers. Participants will build and test the accessible Web 2.0 widgets using a best practices model and learn about compatibility issues related to supporting ARIA widgets with Microsoft Internet Explorer and creating valid HTML documents.

Participant Skills

Participants should have web development experience with html, css and javascript technologies. Participants will program and test the accessibility of web widgets created using the new ARIA technology.

Recommended Text

Javascript: The Definitive Guide, Fifth Edition (2006) by David Flanagan

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