5 Ways To Make Your Blog Accessible
Posted by Guest Post on June 22, 2018
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Blogging is now one of the key platforms when it comes to sharing ideas, guides, advice and much more. Whether it’s a personal or a business blog, it’s important to remember that many of the visitors on the site might not find it accessible, due to living with conditions like vision impairment or dyslexia. It is essential that blogs can be read and enjoyed by everyone.
Insert alt-text or captions on photos and videos. For bloggers and visitors with vision impairments, this is important as it provides a clear and accurate description of the media file, which screen-readers can then read out. This means that individuals with vision impairments or cognitive conditions can easily access media included in blog posts.
Similarly, for videos or audio files, it’s helpful to include transcripts, subtitles and captions to enable individuals with hearing impairments to read the full content. This is also useful for if you decide to include a podcast on your blog site — podcasts are becoming increasingly popular and it’s important that everyone can access them.
Make sure that the text is easy to read. For those with vision impairments or dyslexia, a dark colour text against a light background is usually best, although some individuals do prefer to have white text on black background and choose to change this on their computer settings. As vision differs from person to person, this is varied but a contrast between text and the background is key.
Simple fonts are best to use, with slight spacing between the letters so it’s easier to read. Fonts like Helvetica, Arial and Calibri are good examples of clear fonts for the text body. Additionally, it can be ideal to put headings or titles in bold or underline them so they stand out, as well as spacing text by organising it into paragraphs so it’s not just one big chunk of writing.
Make sure that any links stand out from the text. This can be done by making them bold, underlined (sites like WordPress usually underline automatically) or in a different colour. However, remember to make sure that if you put it in colour, choose a shade that contrasts against the background so it’s easier to read.