Website Accessibility Tip of the Week: Adaptable Content
Adaptable Content Best Practices
Don't use colour alone to convey information. Users who are deaf-blind using braille (text) refreshable displays may be unable to access colour-dependent information. Use text alternatives, for instance on a fillable web form , "all required fields are marked with an asterisk (*)". The text description should be near the information it is describing.
Always group related items in a list using the list bulleted or numbered list function, don't simply add a hard return after each item, as screen readers won't be able to find the listed items.
Use ARIA landmark to identify regions on a web page.
Organize your page using headings. All headings must have the appropriate heading style applied to them using the "Format menu" which adds code to the page allowing screen readers to navigate page using the headings.
Use "blockquote" for long quotations.
See the additional resources below to learn more details about the WCAG 2.0 Guideline 1.3 and Success Criterion 1.3.1:
The audio control accessibility guideline is based on the first Web Content Accessible Guide (WCAG) 2.0 principle, Level A: Principle 1 – Perceivable and states: Information and user interface components must be presentable to users in ways they can perceive.
The WCAG 2.0 Guideline 1.3 - Adaptable was created based on that principle stating: Create content that can be presented in different ways (for example simpler layout) without losing information or structure.
The WCAG 2.0 Success Criterion 1.3.1 - Info and Relationships states: Information, structure, and relationships conveyed through presentation can be programmatically determined or are available in text.
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Posted on February 27, 2017