Coga terms langauge guide

From Cognitive Accessibility Task Force

COGA Language Guide


If there are editorial terms that conflict with the intro in WCAG that might cause issues:

  • How should we use impairment or disability?
  • What is the best term: bad, poor, or another term? Example: poor memory Resolution: impaired memory

simply: [ 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

Language Guide

  • short sentence, paragraphs etc
  • active voicing
  • simple tense
  • lists
  • 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
    • Organize
    • Recognize
  • 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