12/100* Accessibility Tips

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#1 You have to meet every criterion at a WCAG Level for your website to claim that level of accessibility Tweet #1

#2 WCAG Level AA is the recommended compliance level for almost all businesses Tweet #2

#3 WCAG 2.1 adds additional criteria to meet on top of WCAG 2.0, but does not change any existing ones Tweet #3

#4 Ensure that your testing strategy includes keyboard-only and screen reader testing at a minimum Tweet #4

#5 If you don't address accessibility at the design stage of your project, it's much harder to fix bugs Tweet #5

#6 Try using your website with a screen reader and the screen switched off for an authentic user experience Tweet #6

#7 Automated accessibility testing tools can only find a small percentage of the accessibility issues on a site Tweet #7

#8 Links that just say "click here" can be confusing for screen reader users who may not have the full context Tweet #8

#9 Emojis in text may cause confusion for screen reader or cognitively impaired users. Don't use them to convey important info Tweet #9

#10 Screen reader users can "skim read" pages by listening to the headers alone, so make sure headers are clear Tweet #10

#11 Captions on videos don't just benefit the hard-of-hearing, lots of people browse the web with their phones on silent Tweet #11

#12 Even complex images like charts require text alternatives - primarily achieved by providing data in a tabular format too Tweet #12