In the last few months several clients have told me they’re removing PDF documents from their websites. Usually, I’d applaud this. Way too much content is locked up in poorly designed PDFs. But they’re swapping PDF for Word because someone told them Word was more accessible.
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Do you know how to make your social media posts accessible? In this article, we discuss ways to reduce accessibility barriers when writing posts, sharing links, and posting images and video.
Long descriptions are text alternatives for complex or detailed images. In this article we look at how to write them by considering some examples that include charts and graphs, maps and plans, infographics, diagrams and technical drawings.
In this article, we look at the role of long descriptions for images, why you need them, and how to implement them.
One of the great things about the Internet is the range of tools and information now available—often for free. Here are 3 free tools I recommend. They’re simple to use. And they’ll help you write better content for your organisation’s website, intranet or blog.
Many organisations are stuck on PDFs. Systems to help us create and manage information in more flexible formats exist. We’re just not using them. Perhaps we don’t realise why we should. We see the cost of change, but we’re blissfully unaware of the cost of locking up content in PDFs.
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.
Accessibility guidelines require us to use ‘purely decorative’ images in ways that let assistive technologies ignore them. Web writers do this by leaving text alternatives blank. This sounds simple enough, but sometimes it’s hard to decide when an image is ‘purely decorative’. In this article we discuss some examples that divide opinion and argue that blank text alternatives are often best.
Some organisations publish large amounts of their online content as PDF documents. But PDF is rarely chosen because it’s been assessed as the best format for the content. In this article we discuss ways to reduce reliance on PDF.
Web writers should know how to check if their content is accessible. It’s not a difficult skill to learn, and a few simple tools will help. In this article, we discuss evaluating content against the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0.
Web writers must provide a text alternative for informative or functional images. But what should you do when the image also needs a caption? In this article we discuss the options.
If you want to write better web content, here’s an A-Z that should help. It covers attributes of quality content and other issues web writers should be aware of.
A CMS can create problems for your content if you let it generate file names or text alternatives for images. This article discusses system behaviour to watch out for.
Good writing is good writing, regardless of the medium. So what makes writing for the web different to writing for print? In this article, we discuss one key difference—technical knowledge.
Use icons and their text alternatives consistently throughout your content.