Quick Tips on Accessible Website Design

Here are 5 simple steps you can take right now to make your website more universally accessible.

  1.  Keep it simple. Minimizing the amount of clutter on your home and content pages makes it easier for people to navigate your site. Choose titles that are short, clear and concise and keep page headings in chronological order.
  2. Provide “alt” text for photos. Photo’s aren’t useful content for people with visual impairments. Provide a description of every photo for screen readers to read using “alt” text.
  3. Provide captions on videos. This allows people with hearing impairments to be able to access content that would otherwise be inaccessible to them. There are many ways to add captions. If you can’t afford professional captioning, you can upload it to YouTube and edit what YouTube misses in translation.
  4. Use high contrast colors & San serif fonts. High contrast colors (black on white) make it easier for users that are low vision or color blind to read your material. Also, San serif fonts like Arial and Calibri are also easier for people to read than serif fonts (Times New Roman).
  5. Do your research. Look for other accessibility features that may already be built into your sites designing features. For more information use the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG).

Read Why is Web accessibility important? for more information.