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Can you easily understand content associated with graphics, icons, and images?

  • Why it's important

    • Marisa mostly uses her mobile device to browse websites and has trouble interpreting visualisations with small text.

Steps to take

  1. Make sure all graphics have descriptive captions written in plain language.
  2. Avoid using graphics when written content could communicate the same thing.
  3. Use icons as helpful visual cues to connect to concepts. Only use icons purposefully and not for decoration. Use familiar icons that people associate with common actions. Like a trash can to represent deleting something.
  4. To use text over images, add a solid background behind the text or a dark overlay to the image.
  5. Test what it’s like to view your designs through NoCoffee vision simulator (chrome extension) or similar tool.

Supporting resource

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines

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Last update: 21 August 2019, editorial review.