You can banish the boring from accessible websites by knowing five simple truths about digital accessibility

Websites can include videos, sounds or images, and still be completely accessible to people with disabilities. You simply need to include accessibility features like alt-text, audio description and transcript files.

 

Byline: Cris Broyles

Imagine a website that’s 100% accessible to people with disabilities.

It would have to be pretty boring, right? Just plain text? No videos, sounds or images?

Guess again. The fact is, websites can be vibrant, engaging and fun – and still be completely accessible to people with disabilities.



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That’s an important consideration, given that an estimated one in five adults in the United States has a disability that potentially could make your website inaccessible to them.

 

Here are five common myths about accessible website design – and the surprising truths.

 

MYTH: You cannot use images.

TRUTH: Yes, you can use images like photos or infographics. You simply need to supply descriptions for those images using the alt tag. Alt-text describes images for people who can’t see them.

 

MYTH: You cannot use videos.

TRUTH: Yes, you can use videos, but those videos need captioning and audio description. Captioning shows the spoken words on the screen for individuals with hearing impairments. Many people who can hear well use captioned videos on the subway or in any busy place when they don’t have earphones handy. Audio description is for people with visual impairments. It describes…

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