Accessible content for social media

Do you know how to make your social media posts accessible? In this article, we discuss ways to reduce accessibility barriers when writing posts, sharing links, and posting images and video.

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Long descriptions for images – part 2

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A discussion of how to write long text alternatives for charts and graphs, maps and plans, infographics, diagrams and technical drawings. Detailed examples are included.

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Long descriptions for images – part 1

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In this article, we look at the role of long descriptions for images, and why and how to use them.

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3 useful tools for web writers

Here are 3 tools I recommend. They’re free and simple to use. And they’ll help you write better content for your organisation’s website, intranet or blog.

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Relying on PDF online? 6 reasons to stop

Many organisations are still stuck on PDFs. Systems to help us create and manage information more flexibly exist. We’re just not using them. Perhaps we don’t realise why we should. We see the cost of change, but we’re blissfully unaware of the cost of locking up content in PDFs.

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Haiku for Global Accessibility Awareness Day

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Global Accessibility Awareness Day aims to get people talking, thinking and learning about digital accessibility. To mark the occasion this year, we’ve created a set of haiku. They’re aimed at web writers and based on the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.

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When is an image ‘purely decorative’?

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Sometimes it’s hard to decide when an image is ‘purely decorative’. Web writers might be unsure about what to do in some cases, while web content managers want to achieve a consistent approach. In this article, we discuss some examples of images that divide opinion and argue that blank text alternatives are usually best.

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Reducing reliance on PDF documents online

PDF is rarely chosen because it’s been assessed as the best format for the content. We need to reduce the amount we’re publishing.

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Accessibility evaluation for web writers

Web writers should know how to check if their content is accessible. It’s not a difficult skill to learn, and a few simple tools will help. In this article, I discuss evaluating content against the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0.

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Text alternatives for images with captions

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Web writers must provide a text alternative for informative or functional images they use in their content. But what should you do when the image also needs a caption? Three methods are commonly used, but none is ideal. In this article I’ll explain why and suggest an alternative.

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A-Z of better web writing

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If you want to write better web content, here’s an A-Z that should help. It covers attributes of quality content and issues you should be aware of as a web writer.

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Don’t let your CMS wreck your content, part 2

A CMS can create problems for your content if you let it generate file names or text alternatives for images. This article discusses system behaviour to watch out for.

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Writing for the web versus writing for print

I’m often asked about the differences between writing for the web and writing for print. Writers are aware that they need to take a different approach, and most understand they’re writing for an audience that may be scan-reading and task-focused. They know they need to be more concise, and take care with content layout. But they have a sense that there’s more they need to know.

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Consistent identification: accessibility for web writers, part 17

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The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 requires consistent labelling of the functional parts of web pages. If identical functions have different labels on different pages,you may make your site confusing or harder for people to learn to use—particularly people with cognitive impairments. Here are some of the issues web writers need to be aware of.

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Pronunciation: accessibility for web writers, part 16

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In some languages, words or characters may have different meanings depending on their pronunciation. In English, heteronyms are an example. For instance, ‘content’ could be a reference to the way someone is feeling, or to the words on this page.

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