Website Accessibility Checklist

Website Accessibility Checklist


        • Write out acronyms in a document where it first occurs.

Audio file
        • Don't play audio automatically.
        • Provide a transcript.

        • Avoid contrasts of bright colors and strongly textured backgrounds.
        • Avoid using backgrounds with images.

Buttons / Icons
        • Provide a functional label.
        • Position navigation buttons and icons consistently.

        • Do not rely on color to convey information.
        • Some color blind individuals see green and red as the same color.

        • The text and images are to have sufficient contrast with the background.

        • Give a meaningful filename.
        • A link should indicate that it will open a file.

        • Arial and Verdana fonts are good options, 12 point size.
        • Keep the usage of italics to a minimum and avoid blinking text.

        • The layout of the form should follow a logical pattern.

        • Name each frame to facilitate frame identification and navigation.
        • Describe the purpose of frames and how frames relate to each other if it is not obvious by frame titles alone.

Images / Graphical Content
        • Provide a brief text alternative that provides equivalent information in Alt tag.
        • For some images, an extended text description may be needed.
        • Graphical contents include: images, text that is part of an image, image map regions, animated graphics, images used as list bullets, graphical buttons, sound icons

        • Use headers to convey document structure.
        • Do not use bold or other text formatting to convey important information. Screen reading software handles formatted text in the same as nonformatted text.

        • Provide detailed help and instructions.

        • Use the clearest and simplest language appropriate for a site's content.
        • Tell users when the language on a page changes.

        • Clearly identify the target of each link.
        • Replace the page address with words that relate to the webpage that is linked.
        • Avoid ‘Click Here’ links.
        • Group related links, and include a ‘Skip Contents" link as the first item in a group of related links for screen reader users to have the option to skip reading list of page contents.
        • Create a logical tab order through links, form controls, and objects.

Mathematical or Scientific Notation
        • Use the ALT tag to provide a text alternative.
        • Convert equations in Microsoft Word to MathJax (advanced)

        • Use consistent navigation.

Multimedia Elements
        • Provide a description of the important information of the visual part of a multimedia presentation.

Page Layout
        • Provide information about the layout of the site in the form of a site map or table of contents.
        • Create a style of presentation that is consistent across pages.
        • Use consistent navigation on each page.

Page Title
        • Use a clear page title to describe the topic or purpose.

PDF Files
        • Use text-based pdf files, making sure that all graphics are labeled.
        • Links to PDF files should indicate that the link will open a PDF file.

        • Do not cause pop-ups or other windows to appear and do not redirect the current window without informing the user.

        • Convert PowerPoint files to HTML.

        • Identify row and column headers in tables. Note that screen readers read from left to right.
        • Provide a text alternative that summarizes the content.
        • When possible provide an alternative equivalent of a table, which may be a linearized version.

        • Do not use images of text.
        • When resizing text it should not be distorted.

        • Use videos that have captions.
        • A transcript may be provided and accessed via a link.

        • Supplement text with graphic or auditory presentations where they will facilitate comprehension of the page.
        • Divide large blocks of information into more manageable groups.

        • Do not use indentation for formatting quotations.