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.

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 reflec / 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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