Accessibility

Magnification for screen reading. Image by Peggy und Marco Lachmann-Anke from Pixabay

How timely is this! WordPress has published a post suggesting ten ways to make a website more accessible. I have much to learn!

10 Ways to Make Your Site More Accessible

Here are a few of the suggestions :

  • Use an accessible-ready theme
  • Display the site title
  • Structure pages with headings
  • Choose fonts and colours for good contrast
  • Describe links
  • Add captions to images
  • Add Alt text to images

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) have compiled accessibility standards and have produced standards and a toolkit for organisations.

Writing for the web

We don’t read web pages – we scan and skim! I have been looking for guidelines to help me write better. Here’s what I found:

  • Keep it short
  • Use simple language
  • Break it up with headings
  • Use visuals

These guidelines and many others are clearly laid out in:

https://www.usability.gov/how-to-and-tools/methods/writing-for-the-web.html
An excellent summary of points to watch when writing web copy from the US Dept of Health

https://www.monash.edu/about/editorialstyle/writing/writing-for-web
Monash University’s guide to clear and concise writing for websites.  This information also includes a guide to accessibility.

https://www.digital.nsw.gov.au/sites/default/files/Writing%20for%20the%20web_public%20version.pdf
NSW Government’s guidelines for writing for the web

https://www.enchantingmarketing.com/writing-for-the-web-vs-print/
A light-hearted blog entry with common sense tips for writing the copy in websites.