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10 Tips for Making Your Website Accessible in 2021

  1. Use descriptive and meaningful HTML headings: The headings help users navigate the page and provide context for the content. Use H1 for the main heading and H2 to H6 for subheadings, in a hierarchical order.

  2. Provide alt-text for images: Alt-text allows users with visual impairments to understand what the image is about. Make sure the text accurately describes the image and provides context for it.

  3. Make sure your website is keyboard accessible: Allow users to interact with the site using only the keyboard. This includes providing clear focus indicators, allowing users to tab through links and form elements, and ensuring that dropdown menus and modal windows are accessible.

  4. Use appropriate color contrast: Ensure that the text and background colors have enough contrast so that users with color blindness or low vision can see and understand the content.

  5. Use clear and simple language: Avoid using technical jargon and make sure the text is easy to read and understand. This includes using clear font sizes, styles, and colors.

  6. Provide transcriptions for audio and video content: This allows users with hearing impairments to access and understand the content.

  7. Make sure your website is responsive: Ensure that the site adjusts to different screen sizes and orientations, making it accessible on a variety of devices.

  8. Provide captions and subtitles for videos: Captions allow users with hearing impairments to understand the audio content and subtitles provide support for users with language disabilities.

  9. Allow users to adjust the text size: Provide an option for users to adjust the text size to meet their individual needs.

  10. Test and monitor accessibility: Regularly test the site for accessibility issues and use tools to monitor accessibility, such as accessibility checkers and screen readers. Make sure to address any issues that are found and make updates as necessary to ensure that the site is accessible to everyone.

By following these best practices, you can ensure that your website is accessible to a wide range of users, including those with disabilities. This not only meets the requirements of accessibility laws, but it also helps create a more inclusive and user-friendly experience for everyone.

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