The Text Module is not only the most used module for adding content, but it is also the one with the most accessibility concerns.
The article details the necessary steps to assure the Text Module accessibility as per Americans with Disability Act (ADA) and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.
Follow the instructions listed below to assure the Text Module accessibility as per Americans with Disability Act (ADA) and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act:
Removing Pasted Formatting
Users are suggested not to paste content copied from other sources like a web page, Microsoft Word document, or PDF in the Text Module. Doing so can include non-compliant code.
To remove non-compliant code, follow these directions to clear unwanted styling.
Accessibility requires a logical heading structure, which means each page must have one level 1 heading (H1) and then follow a logical hierarchical structure from there. Users should not skip a heading level say, using H3 when there are no H2 headings on the page.
To properly create headings with the Text Module, use the Style menu to select an appropriate level heading. Do not create headings by merely using larger, bold text.
- Note that the Title Module also has formats with headings H2 through H5.
The text you use for links should be unambiguous. For more information on creating accessible links, refer to Creating Accessible Hyperlinks.
Images should have an appropriate alternative text and generally should not include text.
It is essential to use header columns and rows appropriately. Tabular data will often use headers. Tables used to control layout never use headers. For details refer to Accessible Tables.
When you click the Table button on the toolbar, it presents 12 options. Those with solid black cells represent header rows and columns.
To change the format of a table, right-click on the table and select Table Properties from the menu.
- To learn more about creating accessible tables, check out our Easy Start Guide for accessible and responsive tables.
Use the numbered list feature rather than manually typing out the numerical list.