It is important when designing your website that people with visual and mobile impairments will be able to navigate and understand the meaning of pages and functions. Making your website’s HTML accessible is as easy as writing top notch, quality HTML. Users with visual impairments use assistive devices and screen readers to deduce the meaning of the web pages. No matter what device you are on, conveying the meaning of what is on a website or application is the fundamental concept of the web. A common reason for websites being inaccessible is when the developer of the site does not understand the distinction between describing the meaning (the role of HTML) and describing the presentation of the meaning (the role of CSS).
Tips and Tricks for making your website HTML accessible:
1. Choose a CMS that supports accessibility
WordPress and Drupal are common content management systems (CMS) that offer themes, widgets and plugins that offers notes and tips on accessibility and how to create HTML accessible content.
2. Use headings correctly to organize the structure of your content
Use h1 tags for the primary title of the page. Avoid using this tag for anything other than the title of the website and the title of the individual pages. Use headings to organize the layout of your content. Make sure to not skip heading levels such as h2, h3, and h4.
3. Include proper alt text for images
Always use alt text for images so that screen readers can understand the message conveyed by the use of this image on the page. This is especially important for infographics as well. If an image is purely used for decoration, you may leave the alt text empty so that the screen reader is not distracted by the more important content on the page.
4. Give your links unique and descriptive names
Try to use text that properly describes a link rather than using, “Click here.” If a link goes to the About Us page, use “About Us” as the link text.
5. Design your forms for accessibility
Each form field needs a descriptive
6. Ensure that all content can be accessed with the keyboard alone in a logical way
If you are unsure if your website is HTML accessible, contact TracSoft to update your website today!