Accessible Web Design: Five Big Ideas
- Make sure you can navigate and operate your page with the keyboard alone.
- Include clear and concise ALT
attributes for all relevant images and graphics appearing in your site. "Comment
out" (for the screen reader) strictly decorative graphics with alt =
"". Use a testing tool to view images replaced with their alt text.
Data - Use row and column headers to help identify cell contents. In data
tables that are nested use the "id" attribute to clarify cell titles.
Layout - How a table content "looks" and how it "reads"
can be two different things. Use a tool to linearize your table to make sure
it still makes sense. This is the order that a screen reader will read it.
Use "label" and "fieldset" attributes.
Submit via a "button" rather than an automatic script.
- Provide clear and uniform site
navigation features and the ability to "skip" to main content.
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