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Implementing WCAG 2.0 Requirements using HTML5 and ARIA Techniques

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

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Length of Session (in hours): 2-hrFormat: Lab Expertise Level: Intermediate Type of session: General Conference

Summary of Session

Learn about how to use HTML5 and ARIA technologies to make website that conform to WCAG Level A and AA requirements. Learn how assistive technologies present this information to users of assistive technology.


W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines have become and international standard for web accessibility and this session will demonstrate how to use HTML5 and Accessible Rich Internet Accessibility (ARIA) 1.0 specifications to meet WCAG 2.0 requirements. The tutorial will provide an overview of how to use the ARIA technologies and HTML5 to improve the accessibility using landmarks, providing context for links, accessible error feedback in forms and improve the accessibility of dynamic web content of common user interface components like tabs and image carousels. The session will also present open AInspector Sidebar for Firefox and Functional Accessibility Evaluator 2.0 source tools for inspecting the accessibility of web 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. The tutorial allows participants to use assistive technologies to understand how the HTML5 and ARIA features improve accessibility.


  1. Design Patterns for ARIA Landmarks
  2. Using ARIA to provide context to links and error feedback on form controls
  3. Using ARIA on common UI elements like Tabs and Image Carousels

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.