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Accessibility for content designers
Rule id Description WCAG Reference
distinguishable-links The links must be clearly distinguishable from regular text.
link-visited-focus-hover-active-state Check that states link, visited, focus, hover, and active have an appropriate UI.
indicate-status-by-color Make sure the color is not used to indicate status. For example, green means accepted or color picker for clothes without labels. Adding a label next to the color can be useful for users.
device-independent-design Make sure the layout is still operable on tablet/mobile devices (smaller viewports).
minimum-clickable-area Make sure that the interactive area has enough big space so that the user can use it. The closer and larger a target, the faster it is to click on that target.
color-contrast Make sure that the color contrast ratio is at least 4.5:1.

Avoid links that say Click here, Read more or content-free text like More details applied to a list of links.

Technical advise: use visually hidden part to explain the link context. Example: <a href="">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about Sitelint Platform</span>></a>. The visually-hidden CSS class refers to the content that is hidden, but still exposed to assistive technologies.

sensory-characteristics Don’t provide instructions that rely solely on sensory characteristics of components such as shape, color, size, visual location, orientation, or sound. For example, use a combination of positioning, color, and labeling to identify content.
forms Make sure labels are defined and the error messages are accessible.
  • Remove unnecessary numbers – always try to round values up to a whole number, and get rid of decimal places unless it’s money.
  • Leave lots of space, so that numbers don’t jump around so much on the screen for people with dyscalculia.
  • Involve people who struggle with numbers in the design process, from both within and outside the design team.

Read more about Designing for people with dyscalculia and low numeracy.

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