Add alt to images
Images, photos, and graphics are unusable by screen reading programs unless they are assigned alternative text.
Use content headings
64% of screen reader users use headings to navigate the page, whereas only 8.5% read through the page.
Add labels to forms
Unless form elements are grouped and have labels associated with them, assistive technologies cannot tell the user what data needs to be entered.
Use table headings and lists
Screen reader users may have trouble telling where they are when listening to table cell contents.
Provide keyboard access
40% of people with a motor impairment have difficulty using their hands. Many cannot use a mouse.
Provide sufficient color contrast
Users in general, and particularly those with low vision, have trouble reading text if the contrast against the background is insufficient.
Allow text resizing
Users with low vision increase the size of content by up to 200% to make it readable.
Make PDF's accessible
The preferred format for content at The University of Melbourne is HTML.
Allow pausing of animations
Automatically updating content can be extremely distracting for users with attention difficulties.
Add a meaningful page title
Users with visual disabilities rely on page titles to identify pages when they have multiple pages open.
Avoid unusual words and jargon
Users with English as a second language find it difficult to understand made up words.
Add transcripts of audio and captions of video
If video files are used, captions or a synchronized text transcript should be provided.
For assistance or to report accessibility problems please contact:
Web Accessibility Lead
Phone: +61 3 9035 4867