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A welcome web accessibility workshop


Hand-drawn summary of the web accessibility workshop, showing circles, text and images that group 3 main themes: 1. Awareness of WCAG web accessibility directive and the recommendation of WAVE web accessibility evaluation tool; 2. CERN’s future aim of WCAG AA status and the need to design websites and web apps to support assistive technologies; 3. Remember POUR that stands for perceivable, operable, understandable and robust.
A visual summary of the workshop, created by Jennifer Cham from the FAP department. Find out more about her sketchnoting in this article on the IdeaSquare website. (Image: CC-BY-4.0)

As the birthplace of the web, it is essential that CERN has an accessible web presence.

With this in mind, an introductory workshop to digital accessibility took place at CERN on 26 June. It looked at the state of web accessibility at CERN, what's in the pipeline, and what we can all do to improve accessibility.

The slides and recording, both available on Indico, provide tips and guidance to make online content and interfaces more accessible in a wider range of situations.

From improving colour contrast to writing meaningful alternative text for images, and much more, this guidance not only helps people using assistive technologies, but also makes it easier and more efficient for all web users to access information online.

As a first step, web owners can use the WAVE browser extension to spot accessibility errors and how to fix them.