1. Make Sure All Text Is Readable and Easily Understandable
This means using fonts that are easy to read and avoiding complex designs or images that might be difficult to interpret.
2. Use Clear and Consistent Formatting
This means using formatting features such as headings, bold text, and italics to help organize information in an easy-to-read way.
3. Avoid Using Complex Designs or Images That Might Be Difficult to Interpret
This includes avoiding designs that might have small text or be difficult to see clearly.
4. Use Headings and Titles to Help Organize Information
Headings can help break up content into manageable chunks, while titles can help provide a brief overview of the content.
5. Provide Alternate Methods for Accessing Content, Such as Transcripts or Audio Descriptions
Transcripts can provide a written version of audio or video content, while audio descriptions can describe what is happening on screen for people who are blind or visually impaired.
6. Offer Closed Captioning for Videos and Audio Content
Closed captioning provides a transcript of audio and video content that is displayed as subtitles on the screen. This is helpful for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.
7. Check for Broken Links and Missing Information
Broken links can lead to missing information on websites, and missing information can make it difficult for people to find what they are looking for online.
8. Test Website Accessibility on Multiple Devices and Browsers
Websites should be tested on different devices (such as computers, tablets, and smartphones) and browsers (such as Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Internet Explorer) to ensure compatibility.
9. Follow the Guidelines Outlined in the 508 Compliance Checklist
The 508 compliance checklist provides specific guidelines that need to be followed in order to ensure website and digital content accessibility.