Accessible content benefits everyone. Designing your content to be more flexible and adaptive makes it easier to understand, more organised, and allows you to reach a wider audience.
This guidance is intended to support you in how to include some simple adjustments to your documents and learning resources to enhance their accessibility and to improve engagement.
Designing for digital accessibility
Requirements for the accessibility of digital content in Learning Space are in accordance with the Public Sector Accessibility Regulations 2018 that ensures equal access to websites, online resources and apps to everyone regardless of their differing access needs.
Note: View the Digital Accessibility Sharepoint site for more information on the topic of digital accessibility.
Do and don't tips for designing for digital accessibility
Understanding how to make accessible content ensures it is usable by everyone, whatever their access needs. Refer to the do and don't tips below to enhance the accessibility of your documents and learning resources.
Do use a combination of colour, shapes and text to convey meaning.
Don't rely on colour alone to convey meaning.
Do use good colour contrast and a readable, sans serif font.
Don't use low colour contrast or small sized serif fonts.
Do align text to the left and follow a logical and consistent layout.
Don't justify or right align text and follow a complex layout.
Do use headings, sub-heading and bullets to create emphasis.
Don't use bold, italics or underlines to create emphasis.
Do use heading Styles in Microsoft Word to define content structure.
Don't use text size in Microsoft Word to define content structure.
Do provide alternative text for images.
Don't mark images as decorative if they contain information.
Do use a textbox with a solid background on images to increase contrast.
Don't place low contrast text over images or patterned backgrounds.
Do write descriptive and meaningful hyperlinks.
Don't write uninformative hyperlinks as 'Click here'.
The 'Designing for digital accessibility' graphic below, displays the do and don't tips that have been mentioned above. It can be downloaded to reference as a quick visual guide when you are designing documents or learning resources.
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