ADA Content


How can we create content that better meet these guidelines?

  • Use various formatting best practices when developing any online course content
  • Create web based files using HTML, XHTML or WYSIWYG editors as opposed to text, word documents and PDF files

Many of the web accessibility content standards are relatively easy to conform to by using a WYSIWYG (What You SeeIs What You Get) editor. These editors are used to create web-based content and function much like Microsoft Office, but students don't need a browser plug-in to view or download the file to "open" and read it.

In addition, editors allow you to add certain "tags" to images, tables, and other media which creates content that is readable for screen readers. Screen readers interpret what is displayed on the screen via sound. View a 7 minute video (YouTube) on how screen readers assist people who are blind.

In fact, if you have been using course management systems, you may have been working with such an editor all this time. Learning and course management systems, such as in our own Virtual Campus, or BlackBoard and Angel, to name a few, have tools that incorporate the WISIWIG editor. For example, in your online course the News, Content, Discussions, Dropbox, and Quiz areas use such an editor.

There are also many editors that can be installed directly on your computers, free as well as pay for versions, which can be used to create HTML files that can then be uploaded into your online course. These editors can give a bit more control over your content than the ones provided in course management systems.

  • SeaMonkey offers an easy to use, free WYSIWYG editor bundled within their browser
  • Adobe Dreamweaver is a pay for editor and has many accessibility controls and options integrated directly within the program

If you prefer to stay with a text based document program like Microsoft Word, you will need to be a bit more prudent in using specific formatting tools, styles, add-ins and other options in order to create accessible files similar to those produced by an HTML editor.

Although I am unable to cover everything, what I have listed here are considered best practice solutions to several success criteria for developing accessible online course content.

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