Access for All

Apologies to those of you who use a text reader to access this, I have sometimes forgotten the basics of good web design, and I appreciate that we all have a duty to provide accessible content for all. So here are some reminders to self: & anyone else who may be thinking about website content accessibility.

  1. Hypertext links. Use text that makes sense when read out of context. For example, avoid “click here.” which is an instruction rather than description.
  2. Images & animations: Use the alt attributes to describe the function of each visual; I would go further and say avoid annoying animations all together Frames. Use the noframes element and meaningful titles.
  3. Tables. Make line-by-line reading sensible. Summarise
  4. Multimedia. Provide captioning and transcripts of audio, and descriptions of video.
  5. Page organisation. Use headings, lists, and consistent structure. Use CSS for layout and style where possible.
  6. Graphs & charts. Summarise
  7. Scripts, applets, & plug-in’s. Provide an alternative in case these are unsupported.

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