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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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.

Accessibility evaluation for web writers

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.

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.