28.03.2019 by Pavels Mordvicevs
We’ve covered what web accessibility is and why it’s important in a previous article. While the current state of web accessibility of the top one million websites isn’t great, there are a few quick tips and tricks you can implement today to improve your website’s accessibility.
1. Make content visible to screen readers
Screen readers allow blind or visually impaired users to read the text displayed on a computer screen with either a speech synthesizer or braille display.
Infogram allows anyone to create infographics, slides, dashboards, reports, maps, and a myriad of other projects that are ALL visible to screen readers. Here is a detailed description of how to enable your content to be visible to screen readers.
Bonus: this feature is available in 25+ languages, truly expanding your organization’s global reach and influence.
2. Navigate published content with keyboard controls
Many users rely on a keyboard instead of a mouse to navigate websites. Individuals that are blind, have limited movement or motor skills, or are unable to use their hands can use traditional or modified keyboards. Keyboard shortcuts provide an alternative way to navigate and interact with charts, maps, text, videos, and integrations.
Infogram allows keyboard navigation with tabs, legends, table search bars, hyperlinked text/images/icons, map icons, and video play buttons.
3. Learn simple design principles to improve readability
Follow these quick tips and tricks to improve readability on your site:
- Use titles and subtitles to create groups of related content. This allows content to be bucketed in a way that makes navigating a website easier
- Use colorblind-friendly themes and color combinations and avoid very bright or dull colors (hint: the example above on the left is NOT web accessible, while the version on the right is)
- Create designs for all viewport sizes to make sure your content can be viewed on laptops, tablets, or mobile phones
- Make interactive elements like charts and graphs easy to find and navigate
- Complement your text with images, videos, or voice recordings
- Make text meaningful when using hyperlinks. Don’t just say things like “click here” when applying a hyperlink
Being web accessible allows your organization to interact with and support everyone online. And even if you’re the world’s most powerful pop star, a non-profit looking to do some good in the world, or a government agency reaching out to help your residents, everyone deserves to be able to access and enjoy your websites.
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