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.

If you need assistance, please reach out to us at accessibility@uta.edu.

Here’s a quick checklist to help you get started.

  • Color contrast:
    • Keep color contrast at a ratio of at least 1:4.5
    • 12% of men in the US are colorblind. Don’t exclude this part of the population.
  • Webpage Accessibility:
    • Use Siteimprove to help ensure that your pages are free of barriers.
    • If you need assistance with Siteimprove, contact accessibility@uta.edu.
  • Images:
    • Always assign Alternative Text any time you use images. This includes images used on webpages, in social media posts, in Word, in PowerPoint and even in your emails.
  • Videos:
    • All videos with spoken word must include accurate captions. This is true for videos on your webpages, sent via email and even those included in your PowerPoint and Word documents.
  • Links and Buttons:
    • If using the function changes the URL, then use a link. If you stay on the same URL, then use a button.
    • When deciding which part of your sentence to establish for the link, it is often preferred to link nouns, not verbs.
  • Labels:
    • A single post, slide or page should not have buttons or links with identical labels.
    • For instance, avoid repetitive terms such as “Click here” or “Read more”.
  • Electronic Documents
    • Use the built-in accessibility checker to ensure you have not created any barriers.

Explore the “How To Be Accessible” section of this website for more helpful tips.

We believe that once electronic accessibility becomes habit, instead of hindsight, we will have a barrier-free, accessible world!