web_access – Joint Programme on Accessible Web Design

Project duration:

1.10.2007 - 30.09.2009

Project applicant:

Johannes Kepler Universität Linz - Institut Integriert Studieren

Project partners:

Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
Dublin City University, IE
University of Pannonia - Virtual Environments and Imaging Technology Laboratory, HU
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) – Study Centre for the Visually Impaired Students, GE
Catalan Association for Multipurpose Training, Baobab, Santa Coloma de Gramenet, ES


The main purpose of the project "Joint Programme on Accessible Web Design" (“web_access”) was the development of a distance learning module with regard to national diversity at a European level in the field of accessible web design. A Europe-wide unique academic training programme was developed which is designed in an accessible way to enable access by as many people as possible, including people with disabilities. One goal is the accreditation and implementation of the module at European partner universities.

Evidence has shown that there is a growing need for the creation and maintenance of web sites at European and national level which are truly accessible and in conformance with agreed and emerging international standards. This issue also needs to be addressed through more formal education and training. The target groups should be trained in both the requirements for and the techniques to achieve fully accessible websites. The target groups for the proposed higher education programme are web designers, students/graduates in computer sciences and related fields of study and those who have achieved equivalent knowledge and skills. Among them we would especially like to encourage people with disabilities (PwD) to participate because of both being experts for their own needs and enabling their employability. The main outputs of “web_access” are international learning materials which pay regard to national diversity in the field of accessible web design in order to encourage and exceed the state of knowledge concerning this field within Europe. Courses e.g. are: basics regarding Assistive Technologies (AT), principles of the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI), legal basics regarding Accessible Web Design/PwD with a regard to national diversity. Core objectives are the promotion of quality in education through a transnational transfer of developed materials on accessible web design as well as the exchange and dissemination of materials (ICT-based content, services, pedagogies and practice for LLL) within the partner consortium of Higher Education Institutions. The impact envisaged is a significant increase in the use and re-use of the underlying educational content across borders for formal education in English and multiple languages and in different educational environments. Moreover, the transnational mobility and flexibility of students within the European Higher Education area will be promoted. In addition, awareness raising regarding accessibility and PwD will take place. Full access of PwD to information and knowledge-based (European) society will be fostered, promoting social and economical inclusion.