Accessibility Guide

As administrators of any website, we are expected to take responsibility towards making our content accessible for everybody. In this document, you will find essential tips that will help you to keep your website available for anyone interested in your site information. Assistive Technologies (AT) pay special attention to page’s structure and semantics. The better organized your content is, the easier will be to navigate your page with a screen-reader.

To make your content more accessible:

• Instead of using size font changes or bold for titles, use headings in a hierarchical way. E.g., the main title of the page should be Heading 1, page sections and subsections should have a sequential order starting from Heading 2 and so forth.

• When adding links, instead of adding the URL itself directly in the page, describe the location linked using verbs or keywords. Do not use “link”, “this link”, “here”, or “click here” as link text.

• Every time you add an image to a page, make sure that it includes Alt Text. Alt Text describes the content of the image. Make sure that your Alt Text helps the user understand the context and reason behind the inclusion of this image. A good description might include some or all of these aspects: a description of the image action, names, locations, and sometimes, when the image is a hyperlink, a description of where this link will send users.

• Avoid using unnecessary images on your site. Keep your website concise and simple to avoid user distractions.

• If you are using multimedia content on your site, provide transcripts.

• Be careful with the colors you are using on your site. For more information about accessible colors, visit the Accessible Colors website.

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Last modified: September 20, 2017