Accessibility

A series on accessibility topics for web writers. Covers the accessibility guidelines for text, images and PDF documents; using free tools to evaluate the accessibility of content.

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Info and relationships – accessibility for web writers

Use HTML tags to identify certain types of information and show content structure. For instance, headings need the appropriate heading-level tags to reflect the heading hierarchy. In this article, we outline the HTML tags web writers need to know how to use.

Text alternatives – some examples

When writing text alternatives for images, you need to consider the role of the image, and the context in which it is used. In this article, we provide some examples.

Text alternatives – a decision tree

To help web writers write better text alternatives for images, we’ve produced a decision tree. It asks three main questions, guiding writers to decide whether they need a blank, short or long text alternative.

Text alternatives – accessibility for web writers

Whenever you use an image on a web page, you need to provide a text alternative—a text version of the information or function provided by the image—except when the image is purely decorative. Text alternatives are one of the most basic requirements for accessibility, but also one of the most misunderstood.

Writing text alternatives for maps

When you use images of maps on your website you need to provide text alternatives. Text alternatives help people access your content when they cannot see or use images. This article discusses how to write text alternatives for simple and more complex maps and provides some examples.

Don’t forget the ‘C’ in WCAG – a resolution for the new year

With the likely adoption of WCAG 2.0 (the second version of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines) in Australia, organisations might be reviewing their website design and templates to meet the new standards in 2010. What they might forget though, is to check their content or update the skills of those who produce it.

Content still king? Not in WCAG 2.0

As web content specialists, we find the new accessibility guidelines disappointing. They do little to foster quality content. In fact, they’re weaker on content standards than the earlier version.