Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Web Accessibility Wednesday: Clear & Simple Writing

This is part of a continuing series of web accessibility tips for IT personnel, web managers and web development groups. These tips can be used to review current website accessibility and to utilize in developing new websites with the hope of improving web accessibility for everyone.

Clear and simple writing is one of the most important, yet often neglected, aspects of web accessibility. Technical accessibility provides access to content, but that content must be written and presented so it is understandable by the audience. This includes considering the use of headings and content sections, avoiding slang and jargon, being mindful of the required reading level, defining acronyms and abbreviations, avoiding misspellings, and presenting the text in a highly readable font face and presentation.

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