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Let's Keep the Federal Authorities Happy

Here are some main points to remember about ADA compliance and website accessibility:

Links -- Don't display URLs or raw coding on a webpage like this or this,, because it is awkward for assistive devices and screen-reading software. Instead, simply embed the links like this: Refer to our demo site for resources, or email science teacher Jane Doe.

Hyperlinks -- Avoid generic verbiage like "Click here." Simply embed the link in the text with words specific to the content. 

Also, hyperlinks should be unique on a particular webpage. That is, don't repeat any links unless they point to the same destination.

  • Example of bad usage: Click this Google form for information about Ms. Smith's class. To follow up with her about the field trip, click this Google form.

Alt text -- Be specific when describing a photo so that you paint a visual picture.

  • Bad example: file photo of dogs
  • Good visual: three dalmatian puppies sleeping in a pink wicker basket

Graphics / flyers -- Please use these sparingly. When text is laid over a JPEG image, an assistive device or software cannot "read" the words. It's best to use the image as a billboard promo with very few words, and then link the image to the details you've posted under News & Highlights or elsewhere on your site.

  • Reminder: Informational flyers are great for sending home in backpacks or posting on hallway bulletin boards, but not so much for websites.