Accessibility Tips

Accessibility Tips

From using accessibility checkers to assessing color use and contrast, this list of useful, at-a-glance tips helps you create websites and documents that adhere to accessibility standards.

  • Test your content with a screen reader

    Category: Web and Docs

    When testing your content on campus, a licensed copy of JAWS (a popular screen reader) is available (put in a TUhelp ticket to have it installed).  A free alternative, NVDA, is available if testing your content off campus. If you have a Macintosh, use the built in tool VoiceOver.

  • Use text in addition to color for importance

    Category: Web and Docs

    10% of the male population is color blind.  When marking items as important (or required), use a text indicator (such as an *) and a legend (“items marked with an * are required.”)

  • Use OnFocus in addition to OnMouseOver

    Category: Web

    Not everyone uses a mouse, so in addition to checking for OnMouseOver also check for OnFocus (which is fired when keyboard users focus on the element.)

  • Using Qualtrics? Use the accessibility checker too

    Category: Web

    If you create surveys using Qualtrics, use their built in Accessibility Checker to verify that the surveys you create can be used by someone who uses assistive technology, such as a screen reader.

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