Melissa McAvoy, a web accessibility and usability specialist, shares 8 Tips for Accessible Blogging, a quick list of tips to help you make your blog or website accessible to everyone, including the blind and visually impaired.
A lot of the tips make good sense whether or not you are physically impaired.
2. Always include meaningful alternative text for images and any other non-text content.
i.e. “graphical representations of text (including symbols), animations (e.g., animated GIFs), ascii art, scripts, images used as list bullets, spacers, sounds (played with or without user interaction), stand-alone audio files, audio tracks of video, and video”
I’m totally frustrated with blog posts consisting of nothing but a Flash, podcast or video player waiting to play the content. I want to know what it is before I click and download megabytes of something onto my computer. Don’t you?
If you are looking for more information on web accessibility, also see Mike Cherim’s article in Accessites.org called “Practical, Entry-Level Web Accessibility”.
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Copyright Lorelle VanFossen, member of the 9Rules Network, and author of Blogging Tips, What Bloggers Won't Tell You About Blogging.