Learn web accessibility with online courses and programs
What is web accessibility?
The Internet has made great strides in assisting people with disabilities. Where the vision impaired were once dependent on others to read the daily paper, they now have access to information arranged in ways that work around their disability. Web accessibility is the concept of making what's on the Internet available to all.
Accessible websites and other assistive technologies have been around for decades, but as billions more people come online, our understanding of accessibility is changing. Accessibility endeavors can range from large-scale initiatives to caption videos to simple operational standards.
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Web accessibility course curriculum
Accessibility standards are a vital part of the development of the Internet. The Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) and the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) published official guidelines, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), to guide web developers to a more inclusive build. WCAG 2 was released in 2008 and became an ISO standard, with subsequent iterations further clarifying standards.Footnote 1
An introductory web accessibility course could cover some of the following topics:
Scope of web accessibility
Business case for web accessibility
W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines and other standards for accessibility
Methods for checking web pages for accessibility
Approaches for managing accessibility on the web
With edX, you can learn about the latest developments in web accessibility in order to bring accessible user interfaces to the forefront.
Careers in web accessibility
Because web accessibility standards are needed for everything from websites to apps and software, having a strong understanding of how to implement accessibility standards is important for a variety of careers. Some examples or roles where knowledge of web accessibility is important include:
Web accessibility tester
Web accessibility engineer
If you are interested in learning more about this topic, explore the different courses made available through edX and find a convenient, virtual educational path that works for you.