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Text Resizing

Resizing text generally means increasing the size of the text on a website to make it easier to read. When text is resized up to 200%, there should be no loss of content or layout functionality. In other words, content should not "break" for site visitors.

Who Does the Ability to Resize Text Help?

People with low vision sometimes need to increase the size of text so they can read it.

Skip Navigation

The ability for users to bypass blocks (or in this case, a set of links) is often provided by a skip navigation link. Typically, this link is available at the very top of a web page. It allows users to quickly reach the main content on the page. Ideally, this link will become visible to keyboard users who tab to it, even if designers choose not to make it visible to everyone.

Links

One of the greatest powers of the Internet is the ability to cross-link related documents, allowing the reader to explore and learn in non-linear fashion. Content authors must remember, however, to clearly indicate the destination of hyperlinks, both for internal navigation, but also (and perhaps more importantly) for external links. Clearly indicating the destination of a link allows all users to decide if they wish to pursue the link now, in the future, or not at all. It also aids readers who choose to print out individual web pages for later use.

Headings

Headings help users understand what information is contained on a page and how it is organized. If headings are clear, descriptive, and consistent across pages, users can more easily find the information they are looking for.

Color

Color is often used in web design for grouping related items, denoting required fields on a form, or distinguishing one piece of text from another, e.g., hyperlinks. Color enhances the aesthetics, usability, and even the accessibility of a website. However, some users have difficulty perceiving color so, when color is used, it must not be the only means of conveying information.

Note that it is important to assure adequate contrast/luminosity of color, too, so be sure to consider both color and contrast together.

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