Making Accessibility Accessible

What’s the role of non-experts in the field of accessibility? It’s certainly not standing in a metaphorical corner and yelling at everyone! But that’s maybe been the habit of some, and it’s time to move beyond that to a happier, easier-to-use web.

Text Formatting Don’ts

The way a person formats text is to communicate additional information. “This phrase is a section heading.” “This word is more important than all the others.” When text formatting gets out of control, that information is obscured and a host of other problems arise.

Think Before You Link

I don’t know that I’ll ever perfect the art of writing link text, but there are some basic patterns and word choices to avoid. This article covers how to write good link text that increases readabiliy, accesibility, and search engine rankings.

H1: Headings Are Important

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.

SEO and Accessibility: Two birds. One Stone. [link]

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]”