Creating accessible content
Web writers have an important role to play in accessibility. They must ensure content they add to accessible web templates doesn’t create barriers for people with disabilities.
- Provide a text alternative for images
Write a short text alternative for images that provide information or act as a link. For detailed images, add a long text alternative (on the same or a linked page). Leave the text alternative blank for images that are purely decorative.
- Choose images that don’t rely on colour
Don’t use images that use colour alone to convey information. Supplement colour with text labels, patterns or textures.
- Choose images with high colour contrast
Avoid using images where the text and background colour combinations provide poor contrast.
- Don’t turn text into an image
Use live text rather than images of text. If necessary, get a web developer to create a style to display the text as desired.
- Use icons consistently
If the site uses icons to label document downloads or link behaviours, use them consistently and with the same text alternatives.
- Don’t rely on sensory characteristics
Avoid writing instructions that rely on colour, size, shape, position or orientation. Supplement with references to text labels.
- Tag foreign language words
Use the appropriate language tags around foreign language words or phrases, unless they have become part of English or are commonly used in a particular discipline or profession.
- Tag headings, lists, quotations and tables
Use the relevant HTML or PDF tags to identify headings, lists, quotations and table header cells and data cells.
- Write meaningful <titles>
Identify pages and documents with a meaningful title.
- Write meaningful link text
Show the purpose or function of a link by labelling it clearly. Where possible, write links that are meaningful without relying on the nearby content.