Alternative Text

October 28, 2019

Alternative text is a text equivalent of an image’s purpose. Also referred to as alt text. Most text editors, including Microsoft Office products, have a way to add alt text. Questions to ask when writing alternative text: What is the … Continued

Headings

October 28, 2019

A heading is generally a title or an overview of the information you are going to be writing about. They help identify key chunks of content throughout the document. They also provide the structure of your document making it easier to navigate. They also … Continued

Accessibility Statements

October 24, 2019

An accessibility statement shows your commitment to accessibility. It lets users know you care about them and their access to your digital content. You can use these two examples from educational publishing companies to develop your own statement: Pearson McGraw-Hill … Continued

Consistent Layout

October 22, 2019

When presenting information keep to a single theme or style to prevent confusion. This also applies to the information itself – keep it organized and be consistent. When designing a website, make sure to have a consistent layout on all … Continued

Plain Language

October 22, 2019

When developing content, consider your audience’s age and reading level. For broader audiences, use plain language to avoid confusion. Clear – direct language Concise – to the point Understandable – common language to address multiple reading levels Plain language guidelines

Text Spacing

October 22, 2019

Make text easily discernible from one another and from the background. To facilitate this, consider using recommended text spacing options:  Line spacing is at least 1.5 times the font size of the line  Line spacing following paragraphs is at least … Continued

Descriptive Link Text

October 22, 2019

Users who rely on screen readers need your link names to be concise but also provide the appropriate context. Users may have the links read to them by their screen readers, so it is paramount that link names are descriptive … Continued

What is a VPAT?

October 7, 2019

What is it? Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) is an evaluation of a product’s accessibility. The evaluation form is developed and maintained on the ITI website. The newest edition is reflective of the Revised Section 508 standards.  Where to find it If the company has made a … Continued

Color Contrast

September 30, 2019

The contrast between the text color and background color can have an impact on readability. The following resources will help assess the contrast ration between text (foreground) and background colors. The Paciello Group’s colour contrast analyser WebAIM’s color contrast checker … Continued

What is WCAG?

September 25, 2019

WCAG (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines) is an internationally accepted set of guidelines published by the World Wide Web Consortium, or W3C. We at UNC will be striving for WCAG 2.0 levels A and AA. Use the resources below to learn … Continued