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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.

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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