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.
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:
An excellent summary of points to watch when writing web copy from the US Dept of Health
Monash University’s guide to clear and concise writing for websites. This information also includes a guide to accessibility.
NSW Government’s guidelines for writing for the web
A light-hearted blog entry with common sense tips for writing the copy in websites.