There’s probably not a website you’ve visited, social media post you’ve commented on, or online document you’ve read recently that hasn’t contained at least one or more hyperlinks. On websites, links serve several purposes. They help you navigate as you move from top to bottom, from page to page, and from topic to topic. Using clear, effective link text is critical to maintaining the accessibility of your website and other digital assets.
Ensuring that all the content on your website is perceivable is one of the basic tenets of digital accessibility. Alternative text (or “alt text”) is text that is added to images and other non-text web content so that it can be perceived and understood by people who may not be able to see or otherwise grasp the meaning of it.
What words come to mind when you hear someone talk about “plain language”? “Clear,” “easily understood,” or “simple”? If you thought of these or something like them, you’d be on the right track with what makes plain language, well, “plain”. But writing in plain language means much more than just using familiar words or keeping sentences short. It’s also about your writing style, how content is organized, and knowing your audience.
Digital products start as a great idea, and make their way through analysis, design, implementation, and testing. But all too often accessibility considerations are overlooked. What defines digital product or software accessibility? Basically, accessibility-built software is human-centered. It’s designed, created for, and usable by everyone –- including people with vision, hearing, dexterity, mobility, cognitive, and learning disabilities.
Trends exist in every work environment. When it comes to design, the latest trends are often used by designers when creating content or updating a website. One design trend we’re seeing a lot of lately is the use of content over images or content on irregular backgrounds (e.g. a photograph for a news article preview with a link to the extended version, or a banner with text over an image). While visually appealing, what happens when we analyze this trend from an accessibility point of view?