MU uses social media to engage, enhance connections and report emergencies. It’s required to be accessible to everyone. Apply the following accessibility practices to make social media more accessible and improve the usability for all users.
- Write in plain language, avoiding jargon.
- Use initial capitalization (#CamelCase) for hashtags.
- Ensure the contrast ratio between text color and the background color is at least 4.5:1 for normal text and 3:1 for large text.
- Avoid gold on white: Accessible Text & Color.
- Learn more about WCAG Success Criterion 1.4.3 Contrast (Minimum) AA.
- Go to Check Accessibility for a list of color checkers.
- Do not use color as the only method to convey meaning.
- Include an additional descriptive component such as text, patterns or shapes.
- Learn how to use color
- Provide alt text to images that have meaning on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.
- Keep the alt text short and descriptive.
- Avoid creating “images” with text like ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
- Avoid using images with text.
- Use emoji sparingly.
- Learn how to write alt text and image descriptions for the visually impaired from the Perkins School for the Blind.
- Use the Alternative (Alt) Text Guide by The Ohio State University.