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Web Accessibility: Color and Pattern

The usage of color and patterns in web design is often referred to as the “fun” part of design. Picking colors is great, right? Of course it is, but unfortunately what a lot of people don’t seem to realize is that there is a lot more to your design than just what colors and patterns to use. They need to be carefully considered, in order to make your design accessible to all users of the web.
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Web Accessibility: Links

When you click a link on a website, what is that link? What is it made of? The W3schools website defines a link as “a link between a document and an external resource.” A link is basically an established relationship between one document (HTML, CSS, etc.) and another. A link is one of the many roads to travel on the World Wide Web.

While links are easy to include in a Post or Page, they are too easy. In fact, it is not hard to overlook a very important part of links: web accessibility. According to the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative, web accessibility is defined as an initiative to help “people with disabilities” navigate, use, and contribute to the web. Despite the fact that the initiative is mainly for people with disabilities, web accessibility also helps people without disabilities:

Web accessibility also benefits people without disabilities. For example, a key principle of Web accessibility is designing Web sites and software that are flexible to meet different user needs, preferences, and situations. This flexibility also benefits people without disabilities in certain situations, such as people using a slow Internet connection, people with “temporary disabilities” such as a broken arm, and people with changing abilities due to aging.
W3C Web Accessibility Initiative

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Web Accessibility: Video Captioning

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Video Captioning allows the content of web audio and video to be accessible for those with disabilities. It can also be useful for those who are not fluent in a language in which the audio is presented. Video Captioning is not only essential for people to understand your content, but it’s also required by law. Continue reading Web Accessibility: Video Captioning

Web Accessibility: Links in Context

The purpose of each link can be determined from the link text alone or from the link text together with its programmatically determined link context, except where the purpose of the link would be ambiguous to users in general.
W3 – Links in Content – Web Accessibility

When creating links into your text, you want to be able to allow the reader to know the purpose of the link as well as where it may lead them.  Some examples include: Continue reading Web Accessibility: Links in Context

Web Accessibility: Images

When publishing images on WordPress, it is important to make the images accessible to everyone. However, what does it mean to make a web page accessible to everyone, including the images?

In the article “American Disabilities Act (ADA) Lawsuits Rising against Website Accessibility” on ClarkWP, Michelle Clark brings the perspective of the importance of a properly published image into view. She shared a number of lawsuits against Internet websites because of their negligence to accommodate those with disabilities, stating that the law isn’t very clear when it comes to website accessibility because of its fast changing nature. However, website owners are responsible to make websites comply with a list of ADA standards. Continue reading Web Accessibility: Images