Edith Cowan University
Community Services, Education and Social Sciences
Communications and Multimedia
Providing accessible Web pages is becoming a key concern for many providers of electronic information. There are many people who find accessing Web pages difficult and among these, vision impaired users are perhaps the group with the greatest needs. The Web is a strong visual environment and most designers use this aspect of the environment as a critical element in their interface and information design. Such strategies, while providing many opportunities for mainstream Web users, provide limiting and impeding outcomes for visually impaired Web users. There are a number of accessibility standards that now exist to inform and guide the designers of Web pages but little is known about precisely how best these standards can be applied and achieved. This paper will describe a study undertaken in the Australian context that sought to explore how the goals of accessibility influenced the design process and the design outcomes of an online learning environment designed to cater for visually impaired users. It is a study of the TruVision Project, a Web-based learning setting, designed to aid visually impaired users to gain an elementary qualification in Information Technology.