Accessibility pitfalls

Trying to develop a Web site that is fully accessible to people with disabilities can present a few speed bumps. Here are some common obstacles to keep in mind:

The site should include text equivalents of nontext items, such as images and video, so a screen reader can explain the item to users.

All form fields should be labeled to indicate what information is expected.

Users should be able to skip repetitive navigation links on each page.

Table headers should be identified.

Frames should be identified. Those can be key navigation points for screen readers, and without them a user can get lost.

Information presented in color should also be available without color.

Remember: Label, label, label.

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