Making Your Content Accessible

Why accessibility is important on webpages

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is an international community that develops standards for use of the web.

One key issue that concerns the W3C is accessibility. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities defines access to information and communication technologies as a basic human right; this includes the internet.

Webpages should work for all people, including those with a range of hearing, movement, sight and cognitive abilities, as well as people using different devices and technologies.

Some situations where accessible content is important:

  • People with different auditory, cognitive, neurological, physical, speech or visual abilities
  • People using mobile phones, smart watches, smart TVs and other devices with various screen sizes and input modes
  • People with changing abilities due to aging
  • People with temporary disabilities, like a broken arm or lost glasses
  • People with situational limitations, like bright sunlight or an environment where they can't listen to audio
  • People with slow internet, limited internet access or older technology

Web Accessibility Perspectives

Web accessibility is essential for people with disabilities and useful for all. Learn about the impact of accessibility and the benefits for everyone in a variety of situations.

Plain language makes content accessible to all

As the Communications team works to improve the accessibility of different features of our website, you can help by making sure any content you add follows plain language principles.

A communication is in plain language if its wording, structure, and design are so clear that the intended audience can easily find what they need, understand what they find, and use that information.

International Plain Language Federation

Plain language principles
Examples of plain language
Helpful tools for clear writing
Tips for laying out a Craft webpage

Additional Resources

Yale University has some excellent resources on optimizing webpage usability and accessibility. Here are a few key articles: