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Accessibility - Front-end Developer

Improve web standards support and accessibility in html emails

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Web standards are so important for email, while working with email client developers to ensure that emails render consistently.

The Email Standards Project is about working with email client developers and the design community to improve web standards support and accessibility in email. The project was formed out of frustration with the inconsistent rendering of HTML emails in major email clients.

Top 10 accessibility mistakes

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Here’s a nice top ten of things not to do when building accessible sites:

  1. Don’t use verbose ALT text. ALT text for information-based images
    should be short and succinct. Decorative images should never have ALT
    text.
  2. Don’t use random characters, such as vertical bars, to separate links
  3. Don’t insert text into form fields
  4. Don’t use access keys as they can override keyboard shortcuts for screen readers
  5. Don’t use table summaries (unless there isn’t sufficient information provided about the table on the page)
  6. Don’t forget content organisation. Structure text properly with short
    paragraphs, headings, lists and plain and simple language.
  7. Don’t worry too much about writing accessibility help pages since they won’t really be read
  8. Don’t agonise over acronyms and abbreviations
  9. Don’t change the tab order (unless you have a very good reason)
  10. Don’t forget to listen with a screen reader

Links: 10 common errors when implementing accessibility