Best Practices

Page Style Guidelines

These guidelines will help with ADA Compliance (Section 508) and help make your website easier to consume by all site visitors.

What is ADA / 508 Compliance?
 

  • Individuals with disabilities can access all the content on your website
    • Blind or Low Vision, Deaf or Hard of Hearing, Physical Disability and Cognitive Disability.
  • Use Assistive Technology (AT) to help them consume your website content such as a Screen Reader

Page Outline Approach

Allows screen readers to provide an outline of the content on the page - makes it easier for user using AT to find content of interest.

  • The Page Title (H1) should only be used 1 time on a page.
  • Use headings to outline the content on the page.

Scanability - Left Justify Content

To make the page easy to scan - always left justify text and headers.  This keeps the eye from jumping back and forth on the page, making it much easier for the reader to absorb the information on the page.

Links To Documents
 

  • Link text should be Unique and Descriptive - should make sense out of context
    •  properly describes the link destination.
    • Avoid  ‘click here’ 

Graphics / Photos

 
  • All images require an "Alt tag" : Alternative Text Description
  • If image is decorative the Alt tag can be "" (blank)
  • You will see the "Alternatve Text" option when adding photos
  1. Page Content
  2. Photo Gallery
  3. Spotlights

Adding Image form with Alternative Text highlighted

Info Graphics Requirements

If you use graphics to convey information, you will need to provide the information in an alternative manner that can be understood by visually impaired persons.

Example of a graphic that contains a lot of information

 

 

Font Colors and Sizes

Your website has been designed with specific font sizes and colors to promote uniform content across the website. These colors and sizes are proportional and should be used at all times. All content should be formatted using the styles specific to your website that are available in the format drop list.  This will promote a very professional looking website.

Bolding Text

Use bold text if you want something to stand out.  Please use it sparingly so it does not lose its affect. If everything is "bold" on the page, nothing will stand out.

ALL CAPS

DO NOT USE ALL CAPS IN PARAGRAPH CONTENT. ALL CAPS IS TAKEN AS A FORM OF "SHOUTING" AT THE READER. ALWAYS USE MIXED CASE FOR ALL CONTENT AND THEN APPLY THE FORMAT STYLE. SOME OF THE HEADING STYLES MAY AUTOMATICALLY BE IN ALL CAPS.

All Caps

Do not use all caps in paragraph content. All Caps is taken as a form of "shouting" at the reader. Always use mixed case for all content and then apply the format style. Some of the heading styles may automatically be in all caps..

Italics Text

Italics text is hard to read on a web page and should be avoided.

Italics text is hard to read on a web page and should be avoided.

Underlining Text

The reader has been conditioned to think that underlined text is a hyperlink. It is important to consider this when wanting to emphasize text in a paragraph.

It is recommended to bold the text instead of  underlining it.  Readers will sometimes be confused or think a link is broken.

Learn More

To learn more about ADA / 508 Compliance please see
ADA Best Practices

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