Today’s #BlogEveryDayInMay prompt:
Educate us on something you know a lot about or are good at. Take any approach you’d like (serious and educational or funny and sarcastic)
My full-time day job is the “Director of Web Services.” That means that I think about web technologies and best practices A LOT. So today I’m just going to do a brief education on linking practices for accessibility. (VERY BRIEF… accessibility is a deep topic!)
First of all, accessibility means making your content accessible to all users, including those with various disabilities like blindness, hearing impairment, mobility impairment, etc.
One of the easiest ways to make your links accessible to blind users is to read through just the linked text in your post. If they don’t make any sense without the supporting text, rethink your link.
Typical – Get information on my family by clicking here.
Better – Get information on my family
See how that works? If you just read “clicking here” by itself, it wouldn’t make any sense. But if you read “Get information on my family” you’d have a pretty good idea of what that link is for.
Why? Blind users access the web via screen readers that read the content of a page out loud to them. Users have the option of skipping all the text on the page and just having links read to them to make surfing faster. So if they encounter a page that says a bunch of “click here, click here, click here…” it’s basically unusable for them.
So there you go… The more you know…