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Website content (text, links, images, attachments, videos etc.) must be fully accessible.

Below are simplified rules to help users when providing us with new content; please refer to the WCAG 2.1 guidelines for complete rules.

Images

  • Images must have a meaningful text alternative (description)
  • Images that incude text as part of the image must have a suitable text alternative, with the exception of logos
  • Infographics and charts must have a link to a full description of the content

Links

  • Links must use some text that is meaningful out of contex: users of screen readers must be able to understand the link without reading the surrounding text. Avoid 'click here' and 'read more'.
  • Links must not typed out in full (starting with http or www), but instead be embedded within text.

Documents

Word documents and PDFs must be fully accessible

  • Documents must have a title and hierarchical headings
  • Heading styles must not be used to highlight information
  • Bold text should be used a little as possible, and should not be used as a substitute for headings
  • Images must follow the rules stated above
  • Tables must include a header row
  • Links must use text that is meaningful out of context (see above), and not typed out in full

Video and audio

  • Videos and audio must have transcript and captions
  • Video or animation must not have content that flashes more than three times a second

Web pages

Web pages must follow all rules stated above

Structure

  • Web pages must have a title and hierarchical headings
  • Heading styles must not be used to highlight information
  • Bold text should be used a little as possible, and should not be used as a substitute for headings

Images

  • Images must have a meaningful text alternative (description)
  • Images that incude text as part of the image must have a suitable text alternative, with the exception of logos
  • Infographics and charts must have a link to a full description of the content

Tables

  • Tables must include a header row

Links

  • Links must use text that is meaningful out of context (see above)
  • Links must not typed out in ful, but instead be embedded within text

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