These guidelines were created to guide Pearson's development teams and are updated regularly with new techniques. They are public so that customers and others can see what we're working toward and will, we hope, find them useful for their own e-learning projects.


  • Alternatives: Provide alternatives for sounds and images that provide information. (5 guidelines)
  • Coding: Write UI code according to standards so that varying operating systems, browsers, access methods* and assistive technologies* will be supported. (22 guidelines)
  • Color: Choose text colors that pass standards for good readability. Design with color blind users in mind. (3 guidelines)
  • Executive: Consider accessibility when choosing technologies and publishing options. Document your product's accessibility. (4 guidelines)
  • System Functionality: Allow learners or instructors:
  • To control time limits, motion, and audio to avoid distraction & to adjust for differing needs. (7 guidelines)
  • To make their own content accessible while authoring in Pearson systems. (1 guideline)

These guidelines explain how to:

  • Make e-learning accessible to people with disabilities
  • Meet the international accessibility guidelines from the World Wide Web Consortium, specifically Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Version 2.0 (WCAG 2.0) at Level AA
  • Meet current US Government Section 508 Standards, specifically § 1194.22 Web-based intranet and internet information and applications

Each guideline provides:

  • A "rationale" explaining how the guideline improves e-learning
  • Solutions customized specifically for e-learning
  • Specific solution techniques and code samples
  • Information on how to check for compliance with each guideline
  • Step 1. Value people
  • Step 2. Learn how to include each person
  • Step 3. Implement

* Access Methods and Assistive Technologies

Access methods and assistive technologies include a variety of screen readers designed for people with blindness, low vision or dyslexia. They also include software and hardware devices that work through ‘keyboard access’ including actual keyboard access often used by people with poor dexterity and switch access often used by those with more significant mobility impairment. There are many other access methods and assistive technologies as well, such as voice control applications, custom browser settings and custom styles designed for just about anyone.