Making your images, videos, website and social media content accessible to all can create a more inclusive world online, and one that everyone can be a part of.
The following are some tips that may help to make your content more accessible for those that have visual impairment and hearing loss.
- Always include alt text on your images. Why? Alt text is used by screen readers to read the description of the image for those who cannot see it. Many social media platforms such as Twitter, now allows the option to add alt text to images. Enable them, and add the description so everyone knows what’s happening in the image.
If you can’t add alt text onto your image on your website, or onto your social media post, then include the image description in your post.
- Hashtags. When using hashtags, always capitalize each word in it. Such as #ThisIsAccessible compared to #thisisnotaccessible. Why? Screen readers will read out each word individually from the start of each capitalised letter. If there is no capitalised letter, and because there’s no spacing between each word, then screen readers will attempt to read the hashtag as one whole word making it unintelligible.
- Contrast! ‘Night-mode’ is hugely popular AND even more so for those with visual impairment. Why? As well as staring at a white screen which can hard on the eyes for many, for those with VI the white screen can make it much harder to read the text, for some it’s unreadable, due to the increased glare experienced.
Keeping that in mind, white/yellow text on black background improves contrast dramatically, and makes texts much easier to read due to less glare issues. Important consideration for website and apps, as well as posters and more. Also, never have the text colour similar to the background colour as it can ‘disappear’ for those with VI into the background and make it unreadable.
- Have or making a video? Always, always include subtitles! And if possible make the subtitles appear in white/yellow font on black background to make it easier to read.
For YouTube videos, don’t rely on YouTube to correctly caption your video. Check it and correct it! And, always include the transcript of the video in the post. For those who cannot see the video their screen reader will read the transcript.
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