"The JAWS Webinars are really helpful. I recommend them to anyone in Web design and maintenance. Web accessibility becomes much clearer once you understand how JAWS accesses pages." - Katy Whitelaw, Webmaster
NOTE: This workshop assumes familiarity with JAWS reading commands and cursors. Before taking this workshop, participants should complete the free Webinar JAWS and MAGic Reading Commands and Cursors Used by JAWS.
Level: Intermediate to advanced
Length: Six one-hour sessions
Exams offered (optional): Yes
Continuing Education Units (CEU) awarded: 0.6
- Lesson One: Learn about JAWS and the HTML dialog box, settings used by JAWS in Web pages and Web-based applications or PDF documents, and more.
- Lesson Two: JAWS and Internet Explorer, part 1. Learn about navigation quick keys, the list of links, the list of headings, and PlaceMarkers. General navigation in Internet Explorer is discussed and demonstrated.
- Lesson Three: JAWS and Internet Explorer, part 2. Learn about tables, forms, JAWS auto forms mode, custom labels, and personalized settings for the Web in this lesson on using JAWS in Internet Explorer.
- Lesson Four: Discussion includes Web Accessibility Initiatives (WAI) from the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG) from the W3C, Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, Charter of Rights and Freedoms - Canadian Constitution, and Disability Discrimination Act of 1995 - United Kingdom.
- Lesson Five: Learn the difference between accessibility and usability of Web pages and PDF documents. Includes discussion and demonstration of how to test pages of various types with JAWS. Demonstration of sample Web pages from a usability vs. accessibility standpoint. Demonstration of sample PDF documents that cause problems for screen reader users. Also learn about common HTML attributes used specifically by screen readers to help their users read and navigate on the Web.
- Lesson Six: Demonstration and discussion of how to test pages of various types with JAWS or MAGic. Test live Web pages submitted by participants and discuss options for improvements.