Jackie Edwards contacted me about a month ago with an article she wrote about accessibility. It was quite long but as a vision-impaired blogger with my own website, I felt the information contained excellent value and wanted to share it with my colleagues and readers. So I asked Jackie to summarize it with a link to the full article. Jackie did a great job on the article and I’m pleased to share it today.
Is Your Website Accessible?
Easy Tips to Ensure Your Website is Accessible
You may think your website looks easy to use: there’s plenty or written content spaced evenly, the font is readable, and there is a clear menu to help users navigate. But according to Interactive Accessibility, 8.1 million users of the web have visual impairments, with another 15.2 million experiencing a mental, emotional, or cognitive impairment of some kind. This is why it is crucial, for the good of the visually impaired community, that we make sure our websites take the extra steps to ensure they are accessible for all people.
To Accommodate all Internet Users
To accommodate all Internet users, when you design your website, it’s important to edit and tweak your pages from a perspective of divert and open-mindedness. In order to make your written content most accessible, consider the following:
- Avoid slang or wordplay that may confuse people who are non-native English speakers
· Use bold headings and subheadings to divide text
· Use short paragraphs instead of lengthy ones
· Include bullet points and lists
· Provide explanations in simple terms
For More Tips on Website Accessibility Ideas
In addition to these ideas for your written content, check out these tips to improve your website’s accessibility for the good of the visually impaired, and to make sure that your site is readable and usable for all audiences.
About the writer
After taking a career sabbatical to become a mother, Jackie Edwards now writes full time on topics relating to IT, Software Development and Gaming. she has, in the past, battled problems with anxiety and panic and in her spare time, she volunteers for a number of local charities that support people with mental health issues.
I am grateful to Jackie for her time and effort in making these tips available to me so that I may reach more vision-impaired and other individuals who seek to access information on specific topics.