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Website accessibility depends on the website's code as well as its content. If you are using a Joomla or Wordpress site built by Marketing & Communications, much of the following functionality has already been programmed into your site. If you are creating a website or other online content, you should keep the following in mind.

The structure of your site is important for providing users of screen readers a positive experience. If you are coding a page yourself, mark up different regions of pages (headers, footers, content, etc.) so that they can be properly identified by web browsers and assistive technologies. Provide "skip to main content" links to allow visitors to bypass redundant navigation links. 

Using just your keyboard, make sure that each input and interaction on the page can be triggered. This includes noticing if the order in which a visitor tabs down the page is logical and that each element has focus when it is selected. Interactive elements should be:

  • reachable via keyboard only,
  • visible when in focus by the keyboard,
  • usable once focused, and
  • presented in a logical tab order.

Forms need to function without a mouse and must be labeled clearly — fields and labels must be programmatically associated with one another. Keep your forms as simple as possible — visitors may give up on long forms or forms that ask for irrelevant information. Read more about form options on UAB websites here.

When users zoom into text or increase their browser’s font size up to 200%, the page content should still be readable and navigation or other interactive parts should still function.

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