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Top Tips for Accessible LibGuides

Benefits

Accessible LibGuides are well structured and follow a logical reading order. This helps users with screen readers access your content. Presenting content in a logical reading order also benefits patrons accessing your guide via the mobile version of LibGuides, which presents content in a single column.

Tips

LibGuides are already fairly accessible, but can be made even more so by using these tips:

  • Follow general guidelines for accessible web pages.
  • Logical reading order: screen readers read your LibGuide top to bottom, then left to right (as do users accessing your guide from a smartphone). In LibGuides with two columns, place material in the left-hand column that you want to be read before material in the right-hand column.
  • Use alternate text for images: when you add images and screen shots to your guide, fill out the alternative text box with a quick blurb describing the image. The goal is to allow a person who cannot see the image to get the same information from the description as they would from seeing it. For example, the image on this page is described "LibGuide reading order: top to bottom on left, then top to bottom on right"

Resources for Creating Accessible LibGuides

Embedding Media in LibGuides

LibGuides and Iframes

iframe to display the media on your page. One way to make iframes more accessible is to add a title, so that the user knows what he or she has encountered on the page.

Code for you to copy and paste

title=”replace this text with a descriptive title of your media”

Examples

Unmediated

<iframe id="kaltura_player" src="https://cdnapisec.kaltura.com...

Mediated

<iframe title=”Video tutorial answering common questions about SearchPlus” id="kaltura_player" src="https://cdnapisec.kaltura.com...

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