Essential Tips for Making Websites Accessible

Slick web designs might impress the board, but what good does that do if your visitors can't see? Making your website accessible is extremely important for people with visual or physical hindrances. Tiny fonts and low-contrast colors might look good in practice, but they're useless if they can't be read or used to navigate your website. The upside to embracing accessibility is that your digital materials, be them websites, online courses or electronic documents, will be better used by everyone. Here are nine tips that make a more accessible website.

10 Commandments of Writing for the Web

  1. Thou shalt break up long pieces of text with bullets, for it is easier to scan that way.
  2. Thou shalt use short sentences, even if it feels thou art using more periods than commas. Punchy maketh for better reading.
  3. Thou shalt bow down and worship thine spell checker.
  4. Honor the inverted pyramid style of writing. It hath helped journalists for decades for good reason.
  5. Useth not more than one idea per paragraph. Readers never readeth carefully enough to catch more than one.

Handy Guide to Knowing Your Web Visitors

If you don’t know who’s visiting your website, you can’t accurately guide them to the information they’re most likely looking for. That’s why before you begin planning a new website project, you should do a little demographics research. Your research into who’s using your site – the people who make up the segments of your audience – will prove invaluable when you begin working on a web building (or rebuilding) project.