How can we make our Q/As more accessible to visitors? What is best practice for making our Q/As easier to read?

Are there things we should avoid because they are unfriendly to our visitors and community members who are using screen readers?

  • Is the focus here on 'accessible' as 'easy to understand', or 'accessible' as in 'accessible to people with diabilities'? – ColeValleyGirl Mod Mar 12 '20 at 7:15
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    The focus here is on 'accessible to people with disabilites' -- however, I think some of the suggestions which are helpful for people using screen readers, like providing context, also make the questions easier to read for everyone. – Jan Murphy Mod Mar 12 '20 at 19:39

The top places where I think we could improve are:

  1. Using descriptive link labels instead of a label like "this page" shows readers where they will go if they click a link.
  2. Better use of headings
  3. Alt-text and descriptive titles for graphics

People are sharing resources for converting class materials to online learning because of the COVID-19 crisis. As I discover more guidelines, I'll add them to the resource list.


Basic Checklist: Online Content Accessibility from Michigan State University

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