Whether you’re a student applying to college, a mom connecting with friends on social media or a busy professional ordering a meal kit for dinner, the Internet is essential in all of our daily lives. That’s why it’s important for every site to be accessible to people who are blind, deafblind or visually impaired.
At Perkins School for the Blind, we prepare students to live as independently as possible in the world. And through Perkins Access, our digital accessibility consulting service, we’re preparing the world to be accessible to them.
Do you know what it means for a website to be accessible? Take our quiz to find out!
1. What’s the best way to present videos on your website?
a. Videos should be avoided because they cannot be accessible
b. Provide audio description, or use meaningful descriptions within narration for all essential visual content
c. Provide captions for all spoken content and meaningful sounds within the video
d. Both b and c
2. What type of font is best for users with low vision?
a. Serif fonts, such as Times New Roman
b. Sans-serif fonts, such as Arial or Tahoma
c. Font choice makes no difference
3. How should you use color on your website?
a. Color shouldn’t be the only means of distinguishing content or conveying meaning
b. You can’t use color if you want your website to be accessible
c. It’s ok to use gray text on a white background – contrast isn’t important
4. What is a screen reader?
a. A person who translates spoken word to sign language
b. Software that uses synthesized speech or refreshable braille output to read text on a computer screen
c. Software that translates spoken word to text
d. Software that magnifies the computer screen
5. What is WCAG 2.0?
a. The international standard for web accessibility
b. The criteria that U.S. courts order companies to comply with when they’re sued for inaccessibility
c. A series of guidelines for websites organized under four principles: perceivable, operable, understandable and robust
d. All of the above
If you got all the answers right, you’re off to a great start. And if you didn’t, that’s OK too. We could all learn more about web accessibility – and Perkins Access is here to help.
Perkins Access offers in-person workshops and online webinars, as well as comprehensive assessments of your company or organization’s digital assets. Contact Access@Perkins.org or 617-972-7868 to learn more.
Answers: d, b, a, b, d
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