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Q: Is it possible for me to view the course content after the course closes on September 30, 2013?

A: Yes. The course lessons and project can always be reached on this site! However, after September 30th there will be no support from Google course staff and the forum will close on October 30, 2013. Please note that your Progress page will remain visible to you only through October 7, 2013.


Q: Is there a way to use ChromeVox visually (e.g. if I am a web developer who is deaf or hard of hearing)?

A: Yes! Follow these steps:

  1. Enable ChromeVox on the Chrome Extensions page.
  2. Click "Developer Mode" to the right of "Extensions" on that same page.
  3. Click on "chromevox/background/background.html".
  4. Click on the "Console" tab of the window that pops up.

Q: I don’t see the Accessibility audit checkbox when I open the Audits tab of the Developer Tools. Is there a setting I need to change that will fix this?

A: Yes! In Google Chrome’s Settings, click Extensions and select the Accessibility Developer Tools (get the latest version here). Once there, check the checkbox to “Allow access to file URLs”. (If this box is unchecked, Developer Tools will not display the Audits tab.) Refresh the page you are running the audit on and then run the Developer Tools again.


Q: What system requirements are needed for this course?

A: To complete the course, you will need access to a text editor, therefore, taking this class on a tablet or mobile device is not recommended. Access the course in the environment you typically use for web development or programming.


Q: Are there prerequisites for the course?

A: Basic familiarity with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript is recommended. Download Google Chrome prior to starting the course.


Q: How much does the course cost?

A: The course is offered at no cost. All you need is a curious attitude and the desire to learn about accessibility.


Q: What is the format of the course?

A: The course consists of text lessons, supplemental videos, practice code exercises and a hands-on final project.


Q: How long will it take to complete the course?

A: The course is designed to be completed at your own pace. The estimated time to complete each lesson is listed at the top of every lesson page and, in total, the course should take between 4-6 hours to complete.


Q: How do I complete this course? Will I receive a certificate upon completion?

A: This is a self-paced course that you can access at any time. Certificates of completion will not be given when you complete this course.


Q: Where can I go for help?

A: We do not provide live support for the class. However, if you have questions regarding ARIA or accessibility-related topics you can join and post to the Google Product Accessibility Group (a discussion list for sharing tips and comments about accessibility in Google products such as Docs, Sites, Gmail, and more.)


Q: I can’t find the play/pause, volume, and other YouTube player buttons for the videos using just my keyboard or screen reader. Is there a way to playback the YouTube videos so that they are more accessible?

A: Yes, opt in to YouTube's HTML5 video experiment.


Q: Is this a comprehensive course on accessibility?

A: This introductory course teaches techniques for web developers to enhance accessibility for users who are blind or have low vision. It is not a comprehensive course on accessibility, but rather, a starting point to get developers to continue thinking about how to make websites more universally accessible.


Q: What is the icon on the registration page for the course?


A: It is a lowercase Braille “g” and the letter “g” in sign language.


Q: I’m part of a Google Developer Group. Can my whole group participate in this class together?

A: Yes! Google Developer Groups are encouraged to use this course material in study groups. What’s a Google Developer Group? Find out more here.