5 Tips on How To Make Your Content More Accessible
We at Envision will give you 5 tips to make your content more accessible!
When you’re creating content, you want it to be available to as many people as possible. So how do you make your content more accessible? We at Envision will give you 5 tips that will help you do so!
1. Use Alt Text
A lot of content that is being posted includes images, images can add extra value to your content. Alt Text is a way to use text to describe images to people with a visual impairment.
When writing your Alt Text, make sure to leave out any unnecessary details but describe the important aspects of the image clearly. Also, don’t forget to write the text that might be featured on an image. Screen readers, which is what a lot of visually impaired people use don’t pick up on texts on images.
2. Use CamelCase hashtags
If you are new to the term, you might be wondering why it is called a “Camel Case”, the answer is quite simple. It’s named after a camel because of their two bumps. When using longer hashtags consisting of multiple words, use a capital letter for each word. For example, write #envisionglasses as #EnvisionGlasses. This way, a screen reader will read out the words separately instead of making it sound like a Hogwards spell.
3. Use the caption space
Aside from Alt Text, the caption space is an accessible way of sharing information. In Addition to Alt Text, it’s a good idea to write the important message of text that is included in the image in the caption. Be aware of punctuation so screen readers will read out the text in a more pleasant way for those using them.
4. Use descriptive links
When you are writing content with the aim of redirecting people to a link, make sure the link is descriptive so people know where they are being redirected to. For example, write “Click here to request a demo for envision glasses” Instead of just “click here”. Keep in mind that screen readers will read out entire URL’s. Some links are long URL’s with many letters and numbers. Try to make it clear (in the link) where the page will lead.
5. Make a checklist
Now you know how to make your content more accessible, great! The next step is to implement these tips. Creating a checklist for your content team will help make sure that something like adding Alt Text won’t be forgotten. We at Envision have made a short checklist that you can use as well:
- Has Alt Text been added to the image?
- Are there any #’s? If so, has the Camel Case been applied?
- Does the text in the caption include all the important information.
- Are there any links? If so, is it clear where the link will lead to once clicked?