Accessibility for content creators

Web accessibility is about creating content for everyone—including people with varying physical and cognitive abilities. As content writers, we must remove any barriers that prevent people from doing what they need to do online.

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Digital Accessibility is the practice of making digital documents, web and mobile apps accessible to everyone... including people with disabilities.

Making your website accessible is not a one-time project. It's an ongoing process. We all need to be accessibility champions if we want to make our digital content accessible for everyone.

Why accessibility matters

One in five people globally have a documented disability. That's 20% of the population or 1.5 billion people! Examples include:

  • Vision (limited or no vision, colour blindness)
  • Thinking* (dyslexia, ADHD, epilepsy, anxiety)
  • Temporary (broken limbs, pain flare-ups, sensory overload)
  • Movement (arthritis, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis)
  • Hearing (no or limited hearing)

*Most of the students registered with UVic's Centre for Accessible Learning fall into this category.

Some people use assistive technologies—like screen readers, screen magnifiers, switches or wands—when browsing websites.  Watch someone use a screen reader.

Benefits of accessibility

Accessible content doesn't just benefit people using assistive technologies. It creates a better website for everyone.

An accessible website reaches more people, is better understood by people whose first language isn't English, performs better on mobile devices, ranks higher in search results, and provides a consistent user experience.

It's simply the right thing to do.

Accessibility guidelines for website content

The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) is the leading authority on web accessibility. UVic aims for a minimum of level AA compliance, as defined by WCAG.

All content on your website must be accessible. This includes:

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