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5 Things You Can Do To Improve Website Accessibility

5 Things You Can Do To Improve Website Accessibility

The World Wide Web is developing on a daily basis. It has become the most powerful and vital resource of information. Websites offer countless possibilities, which is why they are considered the best source of exchanging information. It is much more convenient and efficient as compared to traditional media channels like television and radio.

If you want to take the best advantage of websites, then it is important that you utilize its power properly. You need to make sure that the information you are sharing is easily accessible. There is no point is sharing information if people cannot reach it.

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If you are going to make a website today, you should remember these tips.

1. Choosing Right Management System

Some content management systems (CMS) will allow you to create your website. While choosing the CMS for your site you need to take a look at all the features that it has to offer. It will let you know whether it is perfect according to your requirements. After choosing the right CMS, you need to select the template or theme that is easy to navigate. You need to keep the needs of the website in mind while selecting widgets, modules, plugins, etc. When it comes to editing toolbars and video players, you need to make sure that they allow you to create accessible content.

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2. Properly Organizing the Structure of the Content

The accessibility of the material depends on the structure of the content. You should make sure that structure is simple and properly organized. You should use headings so that the content is readily available to all audiences. It is important that you stick to the correct order of the headings. You should separate the presentation of content from the structure; you can do that by using cascading style sheets. Give each page of the site a title so that it is easy for the visitors to navigate it.

3. Choosing the Right Colors

The color of the website is also a decision that should not be taken lightly because it can impact the readability of the site. There are a lot of people who suffer from color blindness of some form. You should be aware of common forms of colorblindness so that you choose colors that are easily comprehensible to most people. While designing and coding the website, you should always keep the factor of colorblindness in mind. You can use free utilities such as color filter, Etre, etc., to test colors of the website. It is better to use high color contrast because it will not only be right for colorblind people, but also for everyone else.

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4. Giving Descriptive Names to the Links

When you include links in your content, you should give them unique names. The names should be descriptive so that reader knows the purpose of the link. Try to avoid using just “click here” because it is not descriptive at all, which makers it ineffective as well. If you want readers to pay attention to the link, then you use text that gives a good explanation of the link along with its context. If you are adding a link to share information about the company then you should choose the title, “To learn more about the company, go to About Us,” instead of just saying click here.

5. Adding alt Text to the Images

When you are adding images, especially informative images such ad info-graphics, then it is important that you create alt text for pictures. The text should be able to convey the meaning and purpose of the image. If there is text in the picture, then you should include it in the alt text as well. Alt text is critical for images that are used as links so that they are readily available to the readers.

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If you are using images just for decorative purposes, then you do not need to add alt text. You should leave the alt text section empty so that the readers are not distracted by the image, and their focus stays on the relevant content.

Featured photo credit: UiPservice via uipservice.com

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Last Updated on May 14, 2019

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

  1. Zoho Notebook
    If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
  2. Evernote
    The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
  3. Net Notes
    If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
  4. i-Lighter
    You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
  5. Clipmarks
    For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
  6. UberNote
    If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
  7. iLeonardo
    iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
  8. Zotero
    Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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