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How To Make Your UCSB Web Site Accessible

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Date and Time: 
October 7, 2011 - 9:00am - 3:30pm
Social Sciences and Media Studies Lab 1303-04
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Get hands-on experience in making your Web site accessible in this two-part, lab-based training workshop on October 7.  Part I (morning session) topics include an overview of tools, basic layout techniques, divs and floats, accessible tables, semantic markup, fonts and font sizes. Part II (afternoon session) continues with an examination of backgrounds, fluid vs. fixed page layout, accessible forms, making media accessible, and a look at the future: HTML5 and ARIA.
Students will be provided with all necessary files for the tutorial. Class pace will allow for hands-on exercises in each focus area. Participants may sign up for Part I, Part II, or both sessions (recommended!)
To get the most out of the training, you should be familiar with the following:
  • Basic HTML (if you know how to use the following tags, you should be okay: <div> <p> <br /> <img /> <a> <ul> <ol> <li> <h1> <h2> <h3> <h4> <h5> <h6>)
  • Basic CSS (if you know how to set width, height, font family and font size, you should be okay)
  • What is a Web browser? What is a user agent? What is the difference between a WYSIWYG and a text editor? What is a URL?
This workshop is free and open to all UCSB campus employees. Registration is limited to 50 participants for each session. Pre-registration is required. Sign up online at (log in with your UCSBNetID and search for "Accessible"). If you want to participate in both the morning and afternoon sessions, be sure to register for Part I _and_ Part II. For questions, send email to
SSMS Lab 1303-4 is on the first floor of the Social Sciences and Media Studies Building, on Ocean Road across from Rob Gym. Nearest parking: Lots 27 and 29. Parking map:
Rain Breaw has been a Web developer since 1998. She has taught Web design and development at UMass Lowell, NY State Community Colleges, and Vassar College.  Rain is most interested in standards compliance/accessibility and the open source world; she sees open source and Web accessibility as two powerful tools for world-wide social and technological advancement.  She is one of the managers of the Los Angeles Drupal User Group.  Rain's company, SunRain Productions, was founded in 2005; clients have included the League of Women Voters of California, Stand Up 2 Cancer, and the UCLA School of Public Affairs. Rain taught the WSG tutorial on Intermediate CSS at UCSB last June.
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