Haiku for Global Accessibility Awareness Day

Global Accessibility Awareness Day aims to get people talking, thinking and learning about digital accessibility. To mark the occasion we created a set of haiku for web writers, based on the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.

Haiku for GAAD

On writing

Writing clearly can
Make content accessible
For all your users
(See Reading level guideline)

Some users can’t see
Right, left, green, red, round or large
So add text labels
(See Sensory characteristics guideline)

Unusual words?
Define them or explain them
Or write without them
(See Unusual words guideline)

Try writing without
Using unusual words
Jargon, idioms
(See Unusual words guideline)

Expand or explain
All abbreviated words
So we understand
(See Abbreviations guideline)

Better to avoid
Shortened word forms, acronyms
Than to define them
(See Abbreviations guideline)

Tag foreign words so
Screen readers will pronounce them
As they should be heard
(See Language of parts guideline)

On structure

Are your headings like
Signposts showing what’s ahead
Helping your users?
(See Headings and labels guideline)

Don’t choose a heading
Tag because you like its size
Tags imply structure
(See Info and relationships guideline)

Mark up your headings
With heading tags that reflect
The content structure
(See Info and relationships guideline)

Tag table headers
So screen reader users don’t
Get lost in data
(See Info and relationships guideline)

Don’t indent text with
<blockquote>. It’s for quotations
Not just for effect
(See Info and relationships guideline)

Break up your writing
Into small, bite-sized pieces
Labelled with headings
(See Section headings guideline)

On navigation

‘Click here’ isn’t clear
And ‘read more’ doesn’t mean much
When tabbing through links
(See Link purpose guideline)

‘Click here’ does not tell
Me or Google what we’ll find
Following this link
(See Link purpose guideline)‘C

Title web pages
Identify their content
Describe their purpose
(See Page titled guideline)

Page titles should act
Like signposts guiding people
To your web pages
(See Page titled guideline)

On non-text content and colour

Graphics need ALT text
So everyone can access
Your content online
(See Non-text content guideline)

Like perfect partners
An image and its ALT text
Complete the picture
(See Non-text content guideline)

ALT text should replace
The content of an image
Not just describe it
(See Non-text content guideline)

Don’t use images
Just to display text
Use text styles instead
(See Images of text guideline)

Images of text
Mean I can’t change the font style
… So I can’t read it
(See Images of text guideline)

Meaning can be lost
If your content relies on
Seeing the colours
(See Use of colour guideline)

If you add labels
Patterns, symbols to colour
Everyone can see
(See Use of colour guideline)

Use colours with high
Contrast so everyone can
Read your web content
(See Contrast guideline)

Light text on a light
Background is too hard to read
Increase the contrast
(See Contrast guideline)

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