Managing the build of an accessible web site


Presented at 9:00am in Mattie Silks on Tuesday, November 7, 2023.



  • Gian Wild, Ms, AccessibilityOz

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 5-6-hr
  • Format: Bring-your-own Device Workshop: Laptop
  • Expertise Level: Beginner
  • Type of session: Pre-conference


Incorporating accessibility into your web site build is important and can often mean the difference between an accessible and an inaccessible site at launch. Specific stages require accessibility intervention, including design, template and final site launch. Suitable tasks and training are also covered.


This course focuses on accessibility activities to perform at key stages of the web development lifecycle. These activities can ensure that a site is accessible as possible at launch. Initially the importance of accessibility, WCAG, VPATs, legal requirements, litigation precedents and types of people with disabilities will be covered. Activities discussed include: • When testing needs to occur • Request For Quote consultation • Choosing the right people • Staff training • Functional specification / Web Style Guide review • Wireframes / Design evaluation • Template evaluation • Web site audit, when, how and who needs to be involved Specific accessibility requirements are also covered including: • Meaningful sequence – visual, keyboard and source (screen reader) order • Use of color and color contrast • Headings • Links • Images • Navigation • Complex features: accordions, tabs, interactive maps, skip links, downloadable documents, video and social media


  1. Accessibility testing must be conducted during the build of a web site; not just at the end
  2. It is essential that you engage qualified people to ensure accessibility is met
  3. It is essential time is included in the project plan for accessibility testing and fixes

Disability Areas

All Areas

Topic Areas

Administrative/Campus Policy, Uncategorized, Web/Media/App Access

Speaker Bio(s)

Gian Wild

Gian works in the area of web accessibility: making sure web sites and mobile apps can be used by people with disabilities. She spent six years contributing to the international set of web accessibility guidelines used around the world and is also the CEO and Founder of AccessibilityOz. With offices in Australia and the United States, AccessibilityOz has been operating for five years. Its clients include the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, Optus, Seek and Foxtel. A 2017 Australian of the Year award nominee, Gian splits her time between Australia the US. A regular speaker at conferences around the world, in 2015 she presented to the United Nations on the importance of web accessibility at the Conference of State Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.