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7 Tips To Make Your Website Super Accessible

Accessibility is a crucial factor in website designing. Investing thoughts and elements on how the website looks is all well but what is more important is how accessible the it is to visitors and prospective customers.

An ideal website design focuses on letting the visitors attain a higher level of accessibility into the website. Here are some tips that can help you create a website design that allows visitors to come through with minimal troubles:

ALT Text

Do make sure to include meaningful ALT text in your website design. Visually impaired users are able to browse through the site when their screen readers read aloud the ALT text. With the ALT text missing from your website design, your website will potentially be unusable for your blind visitors and you could end up losing out on potential customers.

Correct Spellings

Screen readers are not able to pronounce words that are misspelled. So, if the content of your website has any spelling errors the screen readers will completely ignore the word and the sentence will make no sense to the user. Visually impaired users have a sense of your web design through what the screen readers portray. And if they have a bad impression, you stand to lose business.Avoid AbbreviationsAs much as you can, avoid using abbreviations. Just like screen readers don't recognize spelling errors, the same way it fails to know abbreviated words. They try to spell it out and end up pronouncing some undecipherable word. For example you might be able to know that 'eg' is example but the screen reader may pronounce it as 'egg.' Thus, it is always better to use good website design practices to make life easier for your users.

Contrasting Colors for Text

Dark text on a light or white background is the tried and tested best for most people as it increases readability. Even if you are using other colors make sure to keep the text color in dark contrast to the background.

Readable Text

Make your text resizable so that people with poor eyesight are able to resize the content matter to suit them.

Colors and CSS

Adjust the colors of your website using web design solutions such as CSS. Thus, if by chance visitors find your default stylesheet hard to use, they can turn it off and use their own stylesheet.

Sensible Links

Make sure that all the links on your website make sense even out of context. Visually impaired people often skip through the links on a page. Links like 'Click here' does not make any sense to them. rather try framing 'Click here for more information about website design.' This would tell them what exactly are they for.

About the Author:

Maneet Puri is the Director of LeXolution IT Services, a leading web design firm in India that specializes in web designing and development, website maintenance and internet promotion. With 10 years of industry experience to boast of Maneet advises his clients on hiring offshore web designing services

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