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Accessibility Concepts

Learn more about accessibility best practices

Stanford Web Services and the Office of Digital Accessibility Team Up for a More Accessible Stanford Sites

April 17, 2024

Following these basic concepts will help you improve content clarity and accessibility.

Describe Images Using Text

Use alternative text to describe image content.

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Using Color

Select foreground colors that have strong contrast against the background. Use both color and style to convey meaning.

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Add Structure with Headings and Lists

Structure content with headings and lists. Add a table of contents for longer documents.

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Provide Accessible Alternatives for Audio/Video

Include all spoken information as well as relevant parts of the soundtrack.

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Write Meaningful Links

Use descriptive text for hyperlinks to help website visitors scan for relevant information, identify outside resources, and choose which links are the most relevant for their needs.

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Accessible Typography

Select and format your typography for more accessible webpages and documents. 

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Page Title

Create informative page titles for all users to navigate between multiple web pages. 

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Page and Inline Language

Programmatically set your page's language within HTML.

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Skip Nav

Place appropriate skips for all users to navigate unique content on your page.

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Session Timeout

Ensure all users have an appropriate amount of time to complete a web task on your site. 

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How-to Guides

Use our step-by-step directions for creating accessible digital content with popular software applications.

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Accessibility Reviews

See how we can help you review and understand a product’s level of conformance with established accessibility standards. 

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