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HWG COURSE D201: Accessible Web Design

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HWG COURSE D201: Accessible Web Design

24 September 2001 to 11 November 2001 (7 weeks)

The World Wide Web was created as one of the most inclusive media; anyone, regardless of computer type, operating system, or browser version, could access information on the Web.

But then something went wrong. 

Today's web is full of thoughtlessly designed sites which can't be accessed by a diversity of web browsers. Users with special needs, such as those with physical disabilities, are often shut out from essential e-commerce facilities, distance learning programs, and web-based news systems. Why did this happen, and how can we fix the problems without tearing down attractive, dynamic web sites and replacing them with text-only pages?

HWG online education instructor Kynn Bartlett will show you how to ensure your web site can be used by as broad an audience as possible, in the newly revised course D201, "Accessible Web Design." This seven-week web-based course will cover the full range of accessible design, from practices to policy.

For more information on the course please see the web site at: http://access.idyllmtn.com/d201/ 



Week 1: An Introduction to Web Accessibility

Week 2: Removing Accessibility Barriers

Week 3: Browsers and Assistive Technology

Week 4: Removing More Accessibility Barriers

Week 5: Nonstandard Access Devices

Week 6: Software for Accessible Design

Week 7: Setting A Web Accessibility Standard

The textbook for this course is Mike Paciello's excellent

"WEB Accessibility for People with Disabilities" and the syllabus is listed at:




Enrollment is limited, so sign up now to guarantee your spot! 

The course tuition is $50 for Full members of the Guild, $80 for Trial members. Trial memberships are free and Full member dues are $40/year, or $20 for students, educators, and members with disabilities To reserve your place in the course, go to:


The deadline is 24 September 2001, or when all seats are filled.

FLASH: Contact Kynn Bartlett at kynn-d201@kynn.com about an offering being proposed for November, otherwise the next offering will be in January. 


Want to know what the course is like? A sample week is posted on the Web, free of charge! The URL is:


You'll see what the reading assignments and Web references look like, as well as the hands-on exercises and review questions; what you won't see is the coolest part of the class, the peer-to-peer interaction with fellow students and the instructors that is the trademark of HWG online classes. But hopefully the sample will whet your appetite for more!



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