Web Accessibility for Designers
Plan Heading Structure Early
Ensure all content and design fits into a logical heading structure.
Ensure Logical Reading Order
The reading order for screen reader users should align with the visual order.
Provide Good Contrast
Be especially careful with shades of orange, yellow, and light gray. Check your contrast levels with our color contrast checker.
Use True Text Instead of Images of Text
True text enlarges better, loads faster, and is easier to translate and customize.
Use Adequate Font Size
Small text is difficult for all users to see. Ensure text is optimally readable.
Remember Line Length
Don’t make lines too long or too short.
Make Sure Links are Recognizable
Distinguish links from body text using more than just color (e.g., underline).
Design Keyboard Focus Indicators
When navigating with the keyboard, the focused item must be visually distinctive.
Design a "Skip to Main Content" Link
A keyboard accessible link for users to skip navigation should be at the top of the page.
Ensure Link Text Makes Sense on Its Own
Avoid "Click Here" or other ambiguous link text such as "More" or "Continue".
Design Usable Widgets and Controls
Dialogs, tooltips, menus, carousels, etc. must be easy to use and accessible.
Use Animation, Video, and Audio Carefully
Provide play/pause buttons. Avoid distracting movement.
Don’t Convey Content Using Only Color
Users may override or may not be able to see differences between colors.
Design Accessible Form Controls
Ensure form controls have descriptive labels, instructions, and error messages.