As we prepare for a new academic year, it’s a good time to take a moment and brush up on best practices for web accessibility.
If you’d like a little refresher, here are some helpful tips!
- Do your images have high-quality alt-text?
- Alt-text provides context to images. To insert alt-text on an image in OU Campus, enter content in the “Description” field
- Good alt-text:
- is concise and descriptive
- conveys the meaning of the image
- describes the subject of the image
- describes action and/or emotion of the image
- doesn’t start with “Image of…”
- Is your content clear, concise, and well-structured?
- Create structure with headings, lists, text, and media
- Avoid able-assumptive language like describing something by the way that it looks (“the green button”) or verbs that assume ability (“click the button”).
- Do you have high-quality link text?
- Make the destination/action clear on links, don’t use “read more” or “click here”
- Did you use the built-in tools to format your content?
- Choose which list type (numbered or bulleted) to use based on the need, not the visuals (bulleted when order is not essential, numbered when the list has a sequence).
- Nest headings by their rank (or level). The most important heading has the rank 1 (<h1>), the least important heading rank 6 (<h6>). Headings with an equal or higher rank start a new section, headings with a lower rank start new subsections that are part of the higher ranked section. Skipping heading ranks can be confusing and should be avoided: Make sure that a <h2> is not followed directly by an <h4>, for example.
- Do videos have captions?
- All videos that go on the Hope YouTube channel and/or are embedded on hope.edu are required to be captioned. Contact us with questions.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you have about website accessibility!