IMS Guidelines for Developing
Accessible Learning Applications

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| WGBH | NCAM | SALT PROJECT | IMS GLOBAL LEARNING CONSORTIUM |

1. Introduction
2. Primer on Accessibility
3. Principles for Accessibility in Online Distributed Learning
4. Using XML for Accessibility
5. Guidelines for Accessible Delivery of Text, Audio, Images, and Multimedia
6. Guidelines for Developing Accessible Asynchronous Communication and Collaboration Tools
7. Guidelines for Developing Accessible Synchronous Communication and Collaboration Tools
8. Guidelines for Developing Accessible Interfaces and Interactive Environments
9. Guidelines for Testing and Assessment
10. Guidelines for Developing Accessible Authoring Tools
11. Guidelines for Topic Specific Accessibility
Appendix A. Legal Issues for Accessible Distance Learning
Appendix B. About this Document
Revision History
Full Table of Contents

Cathleen Barstow and Madeleine Rothberg
The SALT Project
July 2002
The CPB/WGBH National Center for Accessible Media
WGBH Educational Foundation
125 Western Avenue
Boston, MA 02134
(617) 300-3400 voice
(617) 300-2489 TTY
access@wgbh.org
http://access.wgbh.org

This project is supported by a grant awarded to the CPB/WGBH National Center for Accessible Media from the Learning Anytime Anywhere Partnerships (LAAP), a program administered by the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE), U.S. Department of Education.

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