"The power of the Web is in its universality.  Access by everyone regardless of disability is an essential aspect."

Tim Berners-Lee, W3C Director and inventor of the World Wide Web

Because you are using a free package rather than starting from scratch, you just need to do these basic things to improve accessibility.

  1. Clean the code
  2. Write clearly and spell check your text
  3. If using pictures, always add alternative text
  4. Use text that makes sense on its own. For example, avoid "click here".
  5. Multimedia. Provide captions and transcripts of audio, and descriptions of video.
  6. When using colour to explain something, also use text.

RNIB has published clear print golden rules help people with sight impairment

  • Use a minimum type size 12 point
  • Use a clear typeface
  • Avoid italics
  • Avoid large blocks of capital letters
  • Left align text
  • Keep text horizontal
  • Good contrast between text and background
  • Separate text from images
  • Use a consistent layout

Alternative text for images

From the W3C accessibility standards:

"Alt text is the classic example. Images should include equivalent alternative text in the markup/code.

If alt text isn't provided for images, the image information is inaccessible, for example, to people who cannot see and use a screen reader that reads aloud the information on a page, including the alt text for the visual image.

When equivalent alt text is provided, the information is available to everyone; to people who are blind, as well as to people who turned off images on their mobile phone to lower bandwidth charges, people in a rural area with low bandwidth who turned off images to speed download, and others. It's also available to technologies that cannot see the image, such as search engines."

How to add alternative text

When uploading or inserting your picture, look out for a box called “Alt text” or “Alternative text”.

Write words in the box that can take the place of the picture if it is not visible to someone.

Getting the website you want is a workshop presentation by Sarah Moss, Voluntary Organisation Support Officer, © Community Action Bradford & District.


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