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Write for accessibility

Clear copy in plain language benefits everyone.

Write accessible content

When writing for the web, consider:

  • Is copy clear, concise and in plain language?

  • Does copy follow a logical order?

  • Do headings convey meaning and structure?

  • Do images have meaningful alt text?

  • Are page titles and links unique and informative?

  • Do videos have captions?

  • Do forms have error messages that clearly describe what went wrong and how to fix the problem?

Considerations will vary depending on what you are writing.
See the a11y project checklist for a complete list of content considerations.

Need answers fast?

Writing for web accessibility - the top 7 things to consider with examples and links to WCAG guidelines.

Have time?

Writing clear and understandable content Writing for web accessibility - W3C example patterns and user personas.

Designing accessible content - from the Government Digital Service.

How to write in plain English - from the Plain English Campaign.

The common sense guide to inclusion terminology (internal)

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Design for accessibility

Design provides the foundations for accessibility.

Building to WCAG standards maintains quality and supports assistive technologies.

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