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Atlas course flyer & definitions handout

  1. 1. Note: This course will be offered in an online version in fall of 2010. Contact HowardKramer at or 303-492-8672 for more information or directions onhow to register.1Course Title: Universal Design for Digital Media: WhereUsability & Accessibility Meet(listed as Univ. Media Design, ATLS 3519-010/011) Schedule: Mon, Weds, 11:00 – 11:50 a.m., Fri Lab: 11:00 – 12:50 p.m. (Spring 2010 Semester) Course Description: Many web and media designers believe that the design process begins and ends with information architecture and visual design. Though these elements are important, other factors are equally if not more crucial for the design of successful web sites and other digitalmedia. This course will examine the standards and methods for designing digital material whichis not only accessible for persons with disabilities – a particularly important requirement for theweb sites of public entities – but also effective and usable for all users.This course will review standards for both usability and accessibility, usingresources and texts from media design experts such as Jakob Nielson, Donald A.Norman and Alan Cooper and accessibility experts such as Wendy Chisholm,John Slatin and Jim Thatcher. Demonstrations of persons with disabilities usingthe Web, some live, some conducted through video or web conferencing, will beconducted in order to provide students with specific and real examples of alternateaccess methods and how the design of media affects access and usability fordifferent populations. Teleconference guest lectures, pending availability, willalso be provided by experts in the field of accessibility such as T.V Raman(Google Research Scientist) and Wendy Chisholm, former Web Access Initiative projectmanager and author of Universal Design for Web Applications (2009).Course Objectives/Methods: Through labs, lectures and demonstration, students will learnmedia design methods, along with the implementation of guidelines and tools to test the usabilityand accessibility of web pages and other electronic media. A class project will be assigned toplan and construct an accessible web site. A team teaching approach will be used to draw on theexpertise of individuals from Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Web Design andDisabilities. (See below for more information on team members).3 Track theme throughout course: Technology; Design & Testing; & Current Topics (e.g.Legislation, Case studies)Teaching Team: Howard Kramer, Access Specialist, Disability Services; Dr. Mike Lightner,Professor & Chair, ECE-Eng-Elecl/Comp Admin; Dr. Clayton H. Lewis, Professor, ComputerScience; Vijay Patel, IT Professional III, Housing.Main Contact: Howard Kramer, Disability Services, 492-8672,
  2. 2. Universal design is the design of products and environments to be usable by allpeople, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specializeddesign – Ron Mace, Architect.Web standards is a general term for the formal standards and othertechnical specifications that define and describe aspects of the World Wide Web. Inrecent years, the term has been more frequently associated with the trend of endorsinga set of standardized best practices for building web sites, and a philosophy of webdesign and development that includes those methods.Semantic Web is a term coined by World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) director TimBerners-Lee[1]. It describes methods and technologies to allow machines to understandthe meaning - or "semantics" - of information on the World Wide Web[2].Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) is a style sheet language used to describe thepresentation semantics (the look and formatting) of a document written in a markuplanguage. Its most common application is to style web pages written in HTML andXHTML, but the language can also be applied to any kind of XML document, includingSVG and XUL.CSS is designed primarily to enable the separation of document content (written inHTML or a similar markup language) from document presentation, including elementssuch as the layout, colors, and fonts.[citation needed] This separation can improvecontent accessibility, provide more flexibility and control in the specification ofpresentation characteristics, enable multiple pages to share formatting, and reducecomplexity and repetition in the structural content (such as by allowing for tableless webdesign).Metadata - Data about data on the Web, including but not limited to authorship,classification, endorsement, policy, distribution terms, IPR, and so on. A significant usefor the Semantic Web. 2