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  • Alternative Text

    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

  • Transcript Recommendations

    Title the Transcript Add the video title as the document properties title and the heading 1 of your document so readers will know which video corresponds with the transcript.  Speaker Identification Tell your reader who is speaking. Consider some of … Continued

  • Headings

    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

  • Accessible Rich Internet Applications (ARIA)

    ARIA works with assistive technologies like screen readers. Add ARIA attributes to HTML to provide users with information from dynamic and interactive elements. According to WebAIM, “home pages with ARIA present averaged 26.7 more detectable errors than pages without ARIA!” … Continued

  • Accessibility Statements

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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?

    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

    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 are Audio Descriptions?

    Audio descriptions detail what is happening on the screen when the dialog does not suffice. The following resources are examples of a scene with and without audio descriptions. Recommended: turn around or close your eyes while listening to the videos. … Continued

  • Keyboard Testing Your Site

    Keyboard testing is a helpful measure to check for things like focus flow, skip navigation, and focus vs hover states. Use the resources below to see how keyboard testing works. WIA’s keyboard compatibility recommendations WebAim’s keyboard testing recommendations

  • Accessibility in Adobe Acrobat

    Acrobat Pro and DC have accessibility features to help fix your PDF documents. The resource below gives an overview of the accessibility features in Acrobat. How to use accessibility features in Adobe Acrobat

  • PDF Requirements

    The resource below goes over the PDF accessibility requirements. Section 508’s accessibility requirements for PDFs

  • Landmarks

    Landmarks are structure elements like navigation, main content, headers and footers. Use the resources below to learn more about using multiple landmarks and semantic elements. How to use multiple nav elements Semantic elements explained

  • What is WCAG?

    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

  • Page Breaks in Word

    Use the page break features when make a new page rather than pressing enter. Excessive enters or spaces may disorient some of your content viewers. The following resources cover how to utilize page breaks in Word. How to insert page … Continued

  • Captioning in YouTube

    Captions are text that is synchronized with video. While automated captioning is not 100% accurate, below are a few resources on how to add captioning to your videos in YouTube. Be sure to check and edit the captions as needed. … Continued

  • Skip Navigation

    Skip navigation allows users to bypass repeated navigation or other elements. Below are some resources on how to implement a skip navigation. WebAIM’s article on skip navigation WebAIM’s article on hidden text

  • Sakai Tips

    Using Sakai? There are some accessibility features available to you. Below is a resource on Sakai’s accessibility. Sakai and Accessibility

  • Images

    Alternative text is the textual equivalent of an image. Below are some resources to help in creating alternative text. WebAIM’s explanation of alt text usage WAI’s examples for decorative images

  • Checklist for PowerPoint (PPT)

    Below is a resource with a few things to keep in mind when creating PowerPoint presentations. Microsoft Office’s suggested accessibility measures in PowerPoint

  • Accessibility Checker in Word

    Automated checks are a good place to start. Microsoft Office has an accessibility checker in Word. Below are some resources on how to use the accessibility checker in Word. Microsoft Office’s video on how to use the accessibility checker Microsoft … Continued

  • Alternative Text in Word

    Alternative text is the textual equivalent of an image. Below are resources on how to add alternative text in Word. Microsoft Office’s video on how to add alternative text Microsoft Office’s tutorial on how to add alternative text

  • Headings in Word

    Headings provide extra navigation elements. Below are tutorials on how to add headings to your Word documents. Microsoft Office’s video on how to add headings Microsoft Office’s tutorial on how to add headings