Content Author Accessibility Checklist

As an author, you are responsible for creating content and using assets in a way that is accessible to all visitors to our site.

Making Your Content More Accessible

Accessible content is also useable content. By that, we mean that it provides the information that site visitors need but also in a way that they can use it. Some of your users may be visually impaired and need to navigate your site using what is called a text reader, which scans the site and reads the content back to the viewer. The following are some guidelines to help you, although this is not a complete list:

  • Alternative Text for Images

    All non-text content displayed must have a text alternative that serves the equivalent purpose as that which is being displayed. read more

  • Content Structure and Layout

    When navigation, main content, and other sections have good headings and are structured well, it's easier for people to find their way around the information. read more

  • Data Tables

    Tables should be used to mark up truly tabular information ("data tables"). Content editors should avoid using them to lay out pages ("layout tables"), as they present special problems to users of screen readers. read more

  • Digital Media Alternatives

    Videos and live audio must have caption and/or provide transcripts for media. With archived audio, a transcription may be sufficient. read more

  • Form Elements

    Every form element (text field, checkbox, dropdown list, etc.) must have a label and that is associated to the correct form element, and that users can complete and submit all forms. read more

  • Hyperlinks and Email Links

    Ensure links make sense out of contextEvery link should make sense if the link text is read by itself. Screen reader users may choose to read only the links on a web page. Certain phrases like "click here" and "more" must be avoided. read more

  • Logical and Easy-to-Use Navigation

    Your navigation should contain clearly- and logically-labelled links that allow visitors to quickly find information and make sense as to the information to be found in any given section. read more

  • Non-HTML Content/Documents

    PDF documents and other non-HTML content must be as accessible as possible. If you cannot make it accessible, consider using HTML instead or, at the very least, provide an accessible alternative. read more

  • Text Embedded in Images

    It is important to refrain from using images containing text embedded (infographics) as the text is flattened and cannot be read through a text reader. If infographics are used to relay/display information, that same information needs to also be available as text. Otherwise, infographics cannot be used. read more

  • Text Heading Structure

    Heading levels should have a meaningful hierarchy and be used in a structural/outline manner rather than as a decorative element. read more

  • Title Text and Page Titles

    Page titles should identify the current location and subject matter without requiring users to read or interpret page content. read more

Video Resources

Experiences of Students with Disabilities -
The students in the following video share some of their experiences with the web and accessibility.

Keeping Web Accessibility In Mind - Gain an appreciation of web accessibility by understanding the user perspective with this overview of the difficulties users with disabilities face on the web and some of the motivations for web accessibility.