Social Media, Text and Accessibility
Content is Clear and Concise
Clear and easy to understand language will solve accessibility problems related to literacy. According to WCAG 2.0 AAA requirement 3.1.5, you should not use language above a lower secondary education level. While Texas State University adheres to level AA in most cases, we find that this particular AAA guideline is helpful.
Use the list below as a quick reference to writing accessibly.
- Use short sentences
- Avoiding using font sizes below 12
- Avoid using jargon
- Use expanded acronyms on first use
- For example, Student Learning Assistance Center (SLAC).
- Provide a glossary when industry specific jargon is unavoidable
- Use list formatting when appropriate
- Visual representations of your ideas help convey meaning
- Use video, audio, symbols and illustrations to assist with user communication
It is best to write page text at a high school level, when reasonable. Doing so benefits people with cognitive impairments, people who do not speak English as a first language and people who may be distracted while reading.
Some best practices for readability include:
- Writing at a high school grade level, where possible and appropriate
- Know your audience
- Limiting paragraphs to around ~80 words
For more information, consult WebAIM's Writing Clearly and Simply article.
Guidelines for Making Social Media Accessible
Social Media is a key way to advertise your department or school's activities to a wide audience. While many Social Media platforms are reasonably accessible, issues still exist in some platforms so it is important that your content be as accessible as possible.
Write link text so that it describes the content users will see after clicking the link. Avoid using ambiguous link text, such as "click here" or "read more." For additional information, the Electronic Information Resources Accessibility Coordinator created a presentation about link text including laws referencing the criteria that define accessible link text.
|Good Link Text||
Learn more about using Gato on the <a>Gato support site</a>.
|Bad Link Text||
For more information on Gato, <a>click here</a>.
Link Text Training Resources
The Division of Information Technology also created a public training course for link text in Canvas that has more examples, and detailed instructions for what makes link text accessible.
Tips for Getting Started Writing for Web Accessibility. (2016, April 15). Retrieved from https://www.w3.org/WAI/tips/writing/#keep-content-clear-and-concise
Usability & Web Accessibility, Readability. Retrieved from https://usability.yale.edu/web-accessibility/articles/readability
Reading Level: Understanding SC 3.1.5. Retrieved from https://www.w3.org/TR/UNDERSTANDING-WCAG20/meaning-supplements.html