Universal Design for webpages & technology
- Do not use hyperlinks of the type "click here". Screen readers have an option to list and read all hyperlinks on a page. A list of twenty items all reading "click here" would not be instructive.
- Research show that sans-serif fonts are more easilty read on computer monitors than are serif fonts.
- Black text on a white background is recommended.
- Use only one font.
- Limit use of all CAPS, italics or bold text.
- Do not use underlining for emphasis (it can be misten for a link).
- All images should have alternative text (alt tags). Screen readers are then able to read what the image is.
- The text information in the alt tag associated with an image/grapic should, when possible, communicate the same information as its image/graphic.
- There should be a high contrast between the background color and the font color.
- Avoid extremely bight colors as a background color, it makes text very hard to read.
- Refrain from using animated or blinking images, text or cursors. These can cause seizures for some people.
Video and Audio
- Provide close-captioning for all video.
- Provide text versions of all audio files.