Web Accessibility - Melbourne Workshops

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Dates & Registration

  1. 10th October 2005 (less technical workshop)
  2. 11th October 2005 (standard workshop)
  • $475 per participant plus GST
    ($522.50 incl GST of $47.50)
  • Discounts:
    • 5% discount applies for groups of 5 or more from the same organisation - call Tania Conlan (ph 03 9864 9249) to arrange
  • Handouts are supplied
  • Lunch will be provided

Please download and complete the appropriate form:

  1. 10 Oct 2005 (less technical) - Registration form (RTF file 43kb)
  2. 11 Oct 2005 (standard) - Registration form (RTF file 43kb)

Then mail or fax to:

Web Accessibility
National Information & Library Service
454 Glenferrie Rd, Kooyong 3144
Fax: 03 9864 9370

Note also the new Writing for the Web workshop being offered in September.

Venue and time

Training Room
Vision Australia Foundation
454 Glenferrie Road
Kooyong VIC

Registration & coffee - 8:45 am.
Workshop - 9 am to 5 pm.


Note: The October 2005 workshops have been split into two streams - less technical and standard. They will cover the same basic material and issues as outlined below, however the less technical stream will concentrate more on the issues and impacts, while the standard workshop will discuss technical issues in more depth and assumes familiarity with HTML and some understanding of CSS.


  • What are special needs? Why bother? Who has special needs on the web? How serving those needs helps everyone's use of the web.
  • Meeting the needs of rural and remote Australians. Meeting the needs of people with disabilities.
  • Introduction to the concept of accessible & interoperable design. Is it the same as usable design?
  • Major accessibility problems with current websites.

Accessibility Approach

  • What is the Web Accessibility Initiative?
  • Review of WAI Guidelines and major design problems.
  • Business benefits of accessible web design.
  • Meeting the Web Accessibility Initiative standards: what is the best approach for compliance with government requirements?

Addressing special needs

  • Accessible & interoperable design.
  • Needs of rural and remote Australians - addressing technology and bandwidth issues.
  • Using adaptive technology, including screen readers for people with visual impairments, mouseless navigation, and alternative browsers.
  • Major accessibility problems with current websites.

Accessibility Methodology

  • HTML, XHTML, XML, CSS and the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)
  • Meeting the Web Accessibility Initiative guidelines: what is the best approach for compliance with government, industry and legislative requirements?
  • Specific accessibility issues:
    • Links - how to make them understandable
    • Forms - issues and solutions
    • HTML - avoiding deprecated features
    • Images and Graphics - addressing accessibility
    • Acrobat & PDFs - using Acrobat5
    • Multimedia - accessibility issues
    • Evaluation and repair tools - advantages and pitfalls
  • Examples of compliant and attractive sites
  • Testing for Accessibility
  • Online and published resources


  • After NILS receives your registration, you will receive an email confirmation of registration and workshop time and location
  • All cancellations must be made in writing
  • You have the benefit of transferring or cancelling your booking without charge, provided seven (7) working days notice has been given.
  • In the event that you need to cancel or transfer your booking and are unable to provide seven (7) working days notice the full fee will apply. NILS is committed to meeting certain costs, which are non-refundable. Therefore, we know you will understand that with late cancellations/transfers the full fee will be automatically invoiced to all our clients
  • Each "No-Show" will be billed for the full cost of the course
  • NILS reserves the right to cancel a class, without penalty, for reasons beyond our control

For further information, please contact Andrew Arch at 03 9864 9282, or [email protected]

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Last updated: 12 September, 2005

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