Concepts

Headings

  • Headings are used in a hierarchical manner. Anything formatted as Heading 3 should be a sub-section to what has been labeled as Heading 2. Headings are nested under other headings; you should never jump from Heading 1 to Heading 4 without using Headings 2 and 3.

Alt Text for Images (Alternative Text)

Lists

  • When you create lists, use the bulleted or numbered list formatting tool. This will allow a screen reader to identify the number of items in a list.

Font Type & Size

  • Try to use simple font in a good size  - no smaller than 11pt for printed materials. Avoid fancy or cursive fonts as these can be difficult to read. Avoid using too many fonts and typing long phrases or sentences in ALL CAPS.

Color

Descriptive Hyperlinks

  • When you are providing a link to something, do not just paste in the URL. Imagine listening to a screen reader read that off. Also, avoid using phrases like "click here" as that does not give the user a description of where they will be taken. Instead, use descriptive hyperlinks.

Tables

  • Only use tables if you absolutely have to. Do not use tables to make your page look pretty-organized - use them to organize data. When creating a table, be sure to indicate the heading row - this helps a screen reader to read the data in a meaningful way and not as a string of numbers or words.

Use of Space

  • Often, people will use the tab key or space bar to indent items. Additionally, many people will add extra blank lines between sections of a document or page in order to distinguish between sections. For a student with a screen reader, they may believe they've reached the end of a document if they encounter multiple blank spaces. Try to limit the use of Blank spaces and use formatting tools to create spaces before or after your line breaks or section headings.

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