Accessibility means ensuring that there are no barriers for preventing interaction with websites or documents. Ensuring an accessible website is now mandatory under law for the public sector. In making a page or document accessible, I frequently have to:
- Add image descriptions to graphic elements used in non-decorative manners.
- Ensure the logical hierarchy of the document (e.g. heading levels)
- Ensure that abbreviations are explained
- Ensure that for screenreaders that words that are pronounced as per other languages (e.g. English jargon in a German text) are marked accordingly.
This helps ensure that our reports, soft law publications etc. are accessible to all intended readers regardless of whether or not they have a visual impairment.