Accessible Web Writing
What is Accessible Web Writing?
Writing for accessibility is a method of representing information in a concise and easy-to-skim style. This style benefits all web users, including users who access the web using mobile devices. Adhering to the best practices for web writing enables all audiences to quickly scan and efficiently locate web information.
Why Write For Accessibility?
All web audiences, including assistive technology users and users of mobile devices, review web information by scanning.
Keep it simple! Write for the user who scans for information.
Planning Web Content
Spend time planning your web content. Use the following criteria:
- Identify the audience.
- Identify the information that needs to be relayed to the audience.
- Create an outline, which will assist in organizing web content.
- Organize and analyze the information that needs to be relayed.
Best Practices For Writing Web Content
- Start with the conclusion, and then expand the content.
- Use an active tone, not passive.
- Each paragraph should include only one topic, idea, concept or function.
- Write short paragraphs.
- Write clear, concise and descriptive sentences.
- Use key words and keep in mind search engines, which will be crawling web content for information.
- Keep webpages to 600 words or less.
- Write out the entire name of the acronym or abbreviation when using it for the first time on a webpage.
- Check spelling.
- "How Users Read on the Web" by the Nielsen Norman Group
- "Writing Clearly and Simply" from WebAIM
- "Writing Effective Link Text" from Webcredible