Making Your Website Accessible

List of Microsoft Windows fonts

Image via Wikipedia

As my last posts spoke of general computer accessibility today’s will reflect on some thoughts about website accessibility and some things we as bloggers and web developers need to consider.

Visual accessibility

  • Background and text colours
  • Font size and type of font to use
  • Be aware of Visual Utilities

Background and Text Colours

Background colour and text can hinder one’s ability to see the text easily you may think this would be common sense not to have a light background – I left a blog today not because the author didn’t have great content I am sure they did, but because it was light text on a light background I just moved on!

Font Size and Type of Font to Use

Font size can also limit your audience’s ability to enjoy your content I usually go with a 12 to 14 size font and as a rule san serif fonts without the tales attached to the letters are easier to read, although I used a serif font here.

Be Aware of Visual Utilities

The biggest type I can give is to be aware of accessibility one of the easiest way is to not remove the right click copy paste functionality this then allows people using Kurzweil and other screen readers and overlays like zoomtext to be used.

Take these things into consideration when writing your next blog post it could really have an impact on your traffic and readership!

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Laura Forde founded her blog through my eyes: my life with cerebral palsy in December 2009 out of a great need she had, realizing that there was a vast gap in firsthand accounts of what life was like living with Cerebral Palsy: she knew then that the only way to see this reflected online was to create the change herself and thus this blog was born Laura was born four months premature, weighing a mere one pound three ounces and given ten percent odds for survival. She was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of three. After graduating from college, she continued writing and doing what she loves to do most; speaking to groups about her life experiences and sharing what she has learned from her journey. Her blog lifeofthedifferentlyabled was created after discovering that the online community lacked the voice of people in her situation. In its first year, the site saw over 20,000 hits from all over the world. Her readers are from all walks of life; some with disabilities, parents of children, professionals, and others who seek to gain a better understanding of the world of the differently abled. You can follow her on Twitter or Facebook
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2 Responses to Making Your Website Accessible

  1. Adelaide Dupont says:

    Good point about the right click functionality!

    Wonder if there is an add-on within the browser (Firefox 4 and Chrome 12 are used here!). Would be worth some investigation.

    Love the Impact illustration. It was a favourite font for Creative Writer and you could have various outlines.

    What about being able to choose colours for background and foreground? Tumblr is very clever with this!

  2. lifeofthedifferentlyabled says:

    Trust me I have been looking for stuff to include in my site that would cover such areas haven’t found anything

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