COAA - Creating Accessible Materials
We all want to "get it right" when it comes to providing access to our digital world including our digital content. It is important to remember accessibility is not an all or nothing endeavor. Going at this with a perfectionist mindset can be overwhelming and freeze you in your tracks. It is simply impossible to make all of your digital content 100% accessible for 100% of your users.
The most important thing is to start on the journey and learn some core skills of creating accessible, usable digital content.
There are six main concepts to building accessible content. Along with information provided by UVA, the University of Minnesota has created very good and concise introductory documentation that will guide you as you begin:
- Heading and document structure (UMinn)
- Hyperlinks (UMinn)
- Audio and video captions
- Lists (UMinn)
- Color and contrast (UMinn)
- Alternative text for images, graphs, and charts (UMinn)
Expanded information on each topic can be found on the UVA Digital Accessibility website. There are also many more resources and training opportunities, both from our peer institutions and subject matter experts.