Choosing Your Learning Path
How to Navigate This Resource
To help you navigate to the information most relevant to your needs, we have colour-coded and labelled the technical content throughout the material as follows. Content that does not appear in coloured boxes is aimed at everyone.
Your Web Accessibility Toolkit
Throughout the content, we’ve also identified elements that should be added to the Web Accessibility Toolkit that you will be assembling as you keep reading. These elements will include links to resource documents and online tools used during activities, as well as software or browser plugins that you may need to install. These will be identified in a green Toolkit box, like the one below.
Important or notable information is highlighted and labelled in Key Point boxes such as the one that follows. These will include “must know” information, as well as less obvious considerations and interesting points.
Try This boxes contain activities designed to get you thinking or give you firsthand experience with something you’ve just read about.
The W3C have defined four principles that define accessible web content. To be accessible, web content must be perceivable, operable, understandable, and robust (POUR).
Principle: Fundamental tenets of web accessibility that must be met so that users with disabilities can fully engage with your content as intended.
Under each principle are guidelines that detail how each principle can be addressed.
Accompanying each WCAG guideline are success criteria that provide a detailed checklist of true or false statements for you to check your content against.
Success Criterion: A checklist of criteria to test your content against. Conformance to each are broken down to different levels of requirement (WCAG levels A, AA, and AAA).
Here are some tips that will help you manage your time and get the most out of the material.
- Set up a folder in your browser’s bookmarks/favourites area before reading, so that you can add links to tools and resources gathered for your Web Accessibility Toolkit.
- Set regular study periods and stick to them.
- You can skip ahead if you are able.
- Before starting a unit, scan through it first to gather a general understanding of the topics covered.