Articles | Accessibility

Our articles cover a range of topics on writing for the web. Accessibility is a common focus because not a lot is written on the topic from a writer’s point of view.

WCAG 2.1 summary for web writers

This summary is for web content managers, editors and writers. It's limited to level A and AA guidelines relevant to content production.

Accessible content for social media

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 for images - part 2

Long descriptions are text alternatives for complex or detailed images. In this article we look at some examples: charts and graphs, maps and plans, infographics, diagrams and technical drawings.

3 useful tools for web writers

Here are 3 free tools that are simple to use. They'll help you write better content for your organisation's website, intranet or blog.

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.

When is an image 'purely decorative'?

Accessibility guidelines require us to let assistive technologies ignore 'purely decorative' images. Sounds simple enough, but sometimes it's hard to decide when an image is purely decorative. In this article we argue that blank text alternatives are often best.

Reducing reliance on PDF documents online

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.

A-Z of better web writing

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.

Writing for the web versus print

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.

Abbreviations - accessibility for web writers

The accessibility guidelines require we expand or define any abbreviations in our content. Often it's even better to avoid using abbreviations, especially acronyms and initialisms.

Colour - accessibility for web writers

Don't use colour alone to convey information because not everyone has normal colour vision. For most web writers, this means being careful about choosing images. But you may also need to be careful about applying colour to text.

Text alternatives - a decision tree

To help you write better text alternatives for images, our decision tree asks three main questions. It guides you in choosing a short, long or blank text alternative.

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

The new accessibility guidelines are disappointing. They do little to foster quality content. They seem weaker on content standards than the earlier version.