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Coga terms langauge guide
COGA Language Guide
If there are editorial terms that conflict with the intro in WCAG that might cause issues: https://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG21/#background-on-wcag-2
- How should we use impairment or disability?
- What is the best term: bad, poor, or another term? Example: poor memory Resolution: impaired memory
simply: [ https://med.emory.edu/departments/pediatrics/divisions/neonatology/dpc/impairment-mx.html emore] Impairment - any loss or abnormality of psychological, physiological or anatomical structure or function.
Disability - any restriction or lack (resulting from an impairment) of ability to perform an activity in the manner or within the range considered normal for a human being.
from the [the who ]: Disabilities is an umbrella term, covering impairments, activity limitations, and participation restrictions. An impairment is a problem in body function or structure; an activity limitation is a difficulty encountered by an individual in executing a task or action; while a participation restriction is a problem experienced by an individual in involvement in life situations.
Use “Cognitive and learning disabilities” generally instead of "cognitive impairment"
Use "Hand-eye coordination" instead of "Eye-hand coordination"
Use website and webage
- short sentence, paragraphs etc
- active voicing
- simple tense
- clear common words
- avoid double negatives
- know your audience and use words they know
- consistence voice - tone
- Clear, short, step-by-step instructions
- Explanations of icons, numbers, and acronyms
- clear - do people know what to do. do people know why to do it. do people know what successed and fails
- audence is a wide range of web content creaters, from goole to a teacher making a website for the school.
Clear and Simple Writing
Reference Clear and Simple Writing
DRAFT Grammar and Punctuation
- Use the oxford comma before “and”
- Use American English
- For high level statements use plural "Users"
- For examples use "A user" and "They" instead of he/she or s/he
- Capitalize the first letter in each list item and keep sentence punctuation including the period at the end.
- Use sentence case in headings