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Accessibility: Click here to Read

The Internet has been unknown territory for a long time. In the interest of helping technology newcomers view websites, we’ve gotten into the habit of telling them to “click here” or “here” for more information. Does this truly help, though?

Consider what blind users actually do when surfing the Internet. There’s a lot of text out there, and they don’t really want to read all of it just to get to that link a visual user could easily spot on the screen. Instead, they use a “shortcut” that gives them a list of all the links on a page. Now imagine what this “looks” like being read to a blind user:

  • Click here.
  • Click here.
  • Click here.
  • More Info
  • More Info
  • here
  • here
  • Cat Adoption Request Form

Can you say without a doubt that you know where every one of those links actually goes? Is there even one link that you can identify? What does it say that allows you to identify the content you will be clicking on?

I’d like to encourage you to read the information below. If you don’t wish to read it now, please feel free to hit the How to Be Accessible with Cascade Server link at any time for more ways to be accessible on your websites. You can also contact me about any accessibility concerns you may have (x1819, schroeder@tarleton.edu, or set up an appointment to come by Dick Smith Library, Room 248).