Web Sites

Here are some basic things to look out for:

Visual Appearance

  • Use clear sans-serifed fonts (eg Arial, Helvetica, Verdana)
  • Ensure good contrast between text and background
  • Check that the text size on the page can be increased (Zoom the page to 200% or try setting Text Size to Largest)
  • Make sure that each page has a meaningful title
  • Avoid the use of distracting, moving or flashing images
  • Use headings, bullets and lists to reduce the density of text and increase white space.

Layout

  • Left align text
  • Avoid the use of frames
  • Avoid the use of tables to layout text

Keyboard Accessible

  • Make sure that the page can be navigated from the keyboard without the use of a mouse.

Could you use it sight free?

  • Give each image an alt-tag
  • Use descriptive phrases for links not just click here (links should make sense out of context)
  • Use different link text if the links go to different places
  • Make sure that colour or shape is not used on its own to signal information

Multimedia


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The Web Accessibility Initiative (part of W3C) define recognised best practice for accessible websites.

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