Cascade Tip of the Month: Keep Accessibility in Mind

We all put a lot of time and effort into maintaining our websites, but it’s equally important to ensure everyone is able to access the information we are putting out there.

Each of the major categories of disabilities (visual, hearing, motor, cognitive) require certain types of adaptation in the design of web content. University Web & Design handles most web accessibility centrally in our page templates, but there are a few different ways you can make your webpages accessible for all web users.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Hyperlink phrases rather than single words.
  • Give your images meaningful file names (all lowercase, no spaces) and descriptive “alt text” that can serve as a reasonable alternative to the image. This gives search engines and screen readers something to work with.
  • Use proper heading structure. Screen reader and other assistive technology users have the ability to navigate web pages by heading structure, assuming true headings are used (as opposed to text that is styled to be big and/or bold).
  • Make sure your documents are accessible before uploading them into Cascade.

To learn more about the ways you can make your web content and documents more accessible, check out our help page: www.wm.edu/cascade/accessibility

Happy editing!

~Erin

 

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