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Creating more accessible content (BP)
It's important to consider the accessibility of content in your digital workplace, especially when your corporate culture focuses on inclusion and providing easy access to information. Creating content with accessibility in mind is also important when trying to reach a wide audience of employees.
Here are some quick tips for creating accessible Blog and Wiki content that can be read and consumed by almost anyone.
- Always follow the heading structure in the correct order. Don't base your use of heading tags on what you think looks good. (e.g. Don't use a Heading 4 tag when you haven't included a Heading 1, 2, and 3 before it.)
- Use fonts larger then 14px and avoid changing the text color. If you want to change the text appearance to draw attention, stick to darker colors so the contrast remains high on a white background.
- Avoid writing long paragraphs. Try breaking long portions of text into smaller chunks, adding a separator using headings, or by leveraging bullet lists where possible.
- Your linked text should explain where the link will take the reader. Never use generic linked text, such as "click here" or just "here". A screen reader can grab links and will read the linked text off to the user. So if all the user hears is "click here", "click here", "here", they will have no idea which link they need to select to get the information they need. (e.g. Linking the text "Learn more about best practices" should link a user to more information about best practices.)
- Include alternate text for any images. In Igloo when you add an image there is an "i" icon that allows for you to add that text. It should give context to the photo. This matters if your photo fails to load as well. If the photo adds no value (like a cart icon after the word cart for a shopping site) having an empty alt text will make it so it's skipped in a reader.
- Consider providing other methods for your content like a voice recording, or a video for those who can't look at a screen for long periods of time.
- Lastly, consider writing for a grade 7 to 9 readability level. You can use tools to help with this like WebFX's readable tool to see your contents current grade readability level. Consider your primary audience when doing this.
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