Headings are easy to add to web pages and give big payoffs in readability, usability, accessibility, and search engine friendliness. If you don’t know what headings are, take the 10 minutes to learn. They’re simple. If you do know what they are, this should give you some good examples of why they matter.
This is Part 2 of a two-part series. Having listed the problems that PDFs create when posted online, this should give you lots of ideas and ways to improve the use of PDFs on your website.
PDFs are everywhere on the web even though they aren’t optimized for viewing in a web browser. Why? In this post, the first in a series of two, I’ll review the reasons people post PDFs and the potential pitfalls of doing so.
In writing about best practices in web design recently, I’ve really been struck by the overlap between good SEO and accessibility practices. I certainly knew many good practices in each, but the number of times I found myself saying “Do X because it benefits SEO and screen readers” was really striking. So I thought to … Continue reading “SEO and Accessibility: Two birds. One Stone. [link]”
Earlier this week, I wrote about my experience with year-end giving. Coming off the heels of that post, here are some great tips for saying “Thank You” to your donors right after they’ve made an online donation. I still think there’s room at that time to carefully introduce other ways to engage with your organization, … Continue reading “Saying “Thank You” After a Donation [link]”
Labels make a difference. If you say to someone “Here, have this delicious apple,” and then hand them a watermelon, confusion ensues. Obviously, the name of the frequently-updated section of a website is a little more ambiguous. It’s also more important.
The slider isn’t just a small hamburger, it’s a rampantly-popular way of showcasing content on a website, and it’s one that sometimes gets used with little thought toward effectiveness.While I still believe there are a few instances where it’s appropriate, I think we all could afford to slow down, take a deep breath, and think about what we’re doing with sliders on our websites.
This article is almost a manifesto for the various principles of inclusion, universal design, and accessibility, topics I recently blogged about. It’s very short and geared toward web designers, but anyone who uses the web at work would benefit from reading this. Plus, it’s in a fun statement/response format! Luckily for us, web designers are … Continue reading “Make Websites Accessible for Visitors You’ve Never Met [link]”
On the internet, websites are used in many ways and by many people that web designers may have never considered. In order to build a website that is accessible everywhere to everyone, it’s important to think about some of the privileges that many web designers share. In this post, I’ll share some common privileges and recommendations for best practices to keep in mind.