Anyone developing content (text, images, video, etc.) for inclusion in online publications or systems must ensure that all the necessary elements are provided to make the content accessible to individuals with disabilities, including visually and hearing impaired people.

It's helpful to keep in mind how people may access content:

  • Blind individuals often use screen readers, which is software that uses audio output to interpret and "read" the content out loud to the user.
  • Hearing impaired individuals may depend on captions and transcripts to access audio.
  • Individuals with motor control impairments may prefer to listen to content rather than use a mouse or keyboard.

Guiding principles for content

High level concepts for making content accessible

Quick reference for content providers PDF

Guidelines for writers and content providers

Provide meaningful descriptions of images

Enabling screenreader users to comprehend images

Carefully select the language for links

Optimize your links for use by screenreaders

Create accessible PDFs

Structure Word documents to convert to accessible PDFs

Other Tips

Creating tables, using color, captioning…