Implementing WCAG 2.0 with HTML5 and ARIA Techniques

Scheduled at 9:00am in Standley II Lab on Tuesday, November 15 (2016).



  • Jon Gunderson, Coordinator of IT Accessibility, University of Illinois

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 5-6 hr
  • Format:
  • Expertise Level: Expert
  • Type of session: Pre-conference


Implementing WCAG 2.0earn about how to use HTML5 and ARIA 1.1 technologies to make websites that conform to WCAG Level A and AA requirements. Learn how assistive technologies present this information to users of assistive technology and to evaluate web content with open source tools.


W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 is an international standard for web accessibility and this session will demonstrate how to use HTML5 and Accessible Rich Internet Accessibility (ARIA)specifications to meet WCAG 2.0 requirements. The tutorial will provide an overview of how to use these technologies to improve accessibility using landmarks, providing context for links, accessible error feedback in forms and the accessibility of dynamic web content of common user interface components like tabs and image carousels. The session will also present open source and freely available tools for inspecting the accessibility of individual web pages and entire websites. The tutorial will encourage participation by using examples of existing websites to demonstrate how HTML5 and ARIA can be integrated in to common web design features to improve accessibility. Participants will use assistive technologies to understand how the HTML5 and ARIA features improve accessibility.


  1. Design Patterns for ARIA Landmarks, context for links and form control error feedback
  2. Using ARIA to make accessible common UI elements like Tabs and Image Carousels
  3. The use of open source tools to help people understand and manage accessibility

Disability Areas

Cognitive/Learning, Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Mobility, Vision

Topic Areas

Assistive Technology, Information Technology, Web/Media Access

Speaker Bio(s)

Jon Gunderson

Dr. Jon Gunderson is the Coordinator of Assistive Communication and Information Technology Accessibility in the Division of Disability Resources and Education Services (DRES). He is responsible for computer and information technology accessibility issues for students with disabilities at the University of Illinois. He is a member of the W3C ARIA working group. He is the primary software developer of the open source OpenAjax Accessibility Evaluation library and Functional Accessibility Evaluator 2.0 (FAE). He has taught numerous online courses and workshops on accessible web design including courses on using the new W3C Accessible Rich Internet Application (ARIA) specifications to create accessible web applications. He leads both regional and national consortiums of higher educational institutions to promote and collaborate on IT accessibility.

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