There may be an assumption that popular web site creation software, or e-learning resource authoring tools provided by an institutions VLE, will automatically create fully accessible resources.
Web content authoring tools, including those provided by popularly used VLEs, and tools to convert documents in other formats to HTML format, make it easy for someone without detailed technical skills to create and publish electronic information and resources.
The drawback is that most do not yet fully conform to W3C guidelines for ensuring that authoring tools promote the creation of accessible web content (the W3C Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines (ATAG), are available at http://www.w3.org/TR/WAI-AUTOOLS/). Authoring tools may create code that contains accessibility problems, or fails to validate to accepted standards, or to prompt authors to add specific features that are required to promote accessibility.
Meeting these shortcomings requires two strategies:
The use of templates can help to reduce the burden of authoring pages, so long as the templates provided have themselves been developed with accessibility in mind.
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