Category Archives: Web accessibility

Alt text in images

The alt attribute is mandatory. It serves several important accessibility purposes. That’s why it is the first guideline of the Web Content Accessibility Guide (WCAG).

We all have seen the most well-known example of the purpose of alternative text: a broken image. In order to make the original intention of the image accessible even if it can’t load the image the browser displays the text as an alternative.

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Web accessibility at Boyle Software

WCAG LogoFor frontend developers the main goal these days is to make sure websites can easily be viewed on a mobile device. If the page layout is not responsive it becomes inaccessible (or at least difficult to access) on a phone or tablet.

But there are other (and often much more serious) accessibility considerations to be taken into account : making sure that web content is also accessible to people with disabilities

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Web accessibility

Keep the web accessibleWhen coding web pages it is easy to forget that not all users will experience them in the same way. Blind people or people with poor eyesight need to rely on screen readers. People who don’t have arms use a stick in their mouth to tab keys on the keyboard to navigate a site. People who are deaf rely on close captions for videos. If we want to make our pages accessible for everybody we need to do a bit more than just adding alt text to our images.
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