EDIT 526 - Web Accessibility & Design

Taken Summer 2009

George Mason University's Course Description

Develops understanding of principles of universal web design. Students apply this understanding by designing and developing accessible web site using web authoring tools.

Artifacts

Section 508 & WCAG 2.0 Compliant Site

As part of a Web Design and Accessibility course (EDIT 526), I designed a site using PHP in Dreamweaver that complied with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0. I developed knowledge of XHTML (1.0 strict), CSS, and how to best design web sites for disability accessibility.

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Section 508 & WCAG 2.0 Compliant Site

Reflection

EDIT 526 provided an overview of web design and presented basic design principles that can be used to create accessible sites. Through this course, I reevaluated what it means to have a "good" web site. Many new Web 2.0 technologies are not necessarily accessible to persons with disabilities and sites that contain Java and Flash may look, but may not be usable to everyone. "Good" web design marries the basic principles with solid content such that sites can be created to be used by the largest intended population. In this course, I learned CSS and PHP basics and created a web site (and site structure) that formed the basis of sites I created for EDIT 601 and EDIT 611. Through this course, I fleshed out the basic site building knowledge I had earlier gained at work. I continue to reflect upon the principles I learned in this course during my daily work.