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Quick tips to make accessible websites

See the complete guidelines at www.w3.org/WAI

  1. Images & Animations Use the alt attribute to describe the function of all visuals.
  2. Image Maps Use client-side MAP and alt text for hotspots.
  3. Multimedia Provide captioning and transcripts of audio, and descriptions of video.
  4. Page Organization Use headings, lists, and consistent structure. Use CSS for layout and style. No blinking.

  1. Links Use text that makes sense when read out of context.
  2. Graphs & Charts Summarise or use the longdesc attribute.
  3. Scripts, Applets, & Plug-ins Provide alternative pages in case active features are inaccessible or unsupported.
  4. Frames Label each frame with title or name attribute.
  5. Tables Make line by line reading sensible. Provide a Summary. Avoid using tables for column layout.
  6. Check your work Validate the HTML. Use evaluation tools and text-only browser to verify accessibility.

Click here for an image of the printed layout in 9 point font as seen thru FrameMaker.