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Education and training for accessible web design

Willson, Jonathan P. and Craven, Jenny and Eskins, Richard (2010) Education and training for accessible web design. ISSN 0001-253X

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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to report on the web_access project, funded through the EC Lifelong Learning Programme. The paper aims to provide a context for the proposed study programme and describe current work in the development of the curriculum and content. Design/methodology/approach – Analysis has been undertaken of the state of the art in education and training for accessible web design in the English language, starting with the national situation in the UK and then further-a-field by highlighting international resources. The main outcome of the two-year multilateral, multi-partner project is to develop a joint study programme in accessible web design. Findings – While there is evidence of the inclusion of design for all in ICT teaching, as well as the provision of free and commercial tutorials and workshops, analysis has found provision to be fragmented and none to date has been identified as leading to a professional qualification or certificate in accessible web design that is recognised by industry or employers. The proposed curriculum for the study programme described in this paper aims to address this issue. Originality/value – While there is evidence of the inclusion of design for all in ICT teaching, as well as the provision of free and commercial tutorials and workshops, analysis has found provision to be fragmented and none to date has been identified as leading to a professional qualification or certificate in accessible web design that is recognised by industry or employers.

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