Best Practices

Everyone should use best practices concerning accessibility. Let’s make accessibility habit, not hindsight!

Best practices checklist for all of your electronic communications and files:

  • Provide contact information for accommodation requests.
  • Provide sufficient color contrast to allow color blind users to perceive the content.
  • All images must be tagged with alternative text.
  • All buttons and links must have unique element IDs. (Avoid repeating labels such as “Read More” or “Click Here”.)
  • Color is never used as a single identifier. (Quick tip:  add pattern.)
  • Videos are always captioned.
  • Never rely on sound as a single identifier.
  • Use Styles to format text (Heading 1, Heading 2, Strong, Emphasis).  Avoid tags of Bold or Italics whenever possible.
  • Ensure that you are following the specifications regarding UTA Color Identity including, but not limited to,  correct color choices, proper email signatures, use of the institutional logo, and proper typography.

This is not an exhaustive list, but is a solid foundation to move you towards ensuring that your electronic communication and files are accessible.

All students and faculty have access to Ally as part of UTA’s Canvas LMS . Ally provides students options to download files in different formats while providing faculty accessibility reports on their documents.

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