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Our most popular free accessibility resources

We’re always trying to find ways to help you understand and implement accessibility. Here’s a list of our most popular resources so far.

Before you start, make sure you've read our Accessibility Toolkit. It's a really useful introduction to digital accessibility. 

Top 5 blog articles

  1. Online and print inclusive design and legibility considerations: This article provides a really useful list of the main accessibility and inclusive design considerations that should be made when creating or assessing online or print resources.
  2. Part of the plan: accessibility from design to development: Retrofitting a website or app for accessibility can be costly and time consuming (not to mention frustrating!). By addressing accessibility issues during the design stage you could save yourself and your team a lot of headaches later on.
  3. FAQ and practical tips for Word and PDF accessibility: We compiled a list of frequently asked (and somewhat obscure) questions to have come from our Creating Accessible Documents workshops, with answers provided by our team of experts.
  4. Email marketing guide – how to create accessible EDM campaigns: Many organisations produce electronic direct mail (EDM) campaigns for marketing purposes. These campaigns land directly in people’s inboxes, so it’s imperative their recipients, including those with a disability or impairment, have access to the information they contain.
  5. Australia Post talks WCAG and mobile website accessibility: In this interview you’ll find out how this commercial giant approached its accessibility journey, the challenges and achievements they’ve experienced, and why they urge other organisations to “start now”.

Top 3 affiliate resources

  1. W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) website: A collection of strategies, guidelines, and support materials to help make the web accessible to people with disabilities.
  2. Digital Transformation Office’s (DTO) Digital Service Standard: This Australian Government resource ensures digital teams build services that are simpler, clearer and faster for all users.
  3. 4 Syllables’ resources for web writers: Templates, checklists, cheat sheets and writing tips that will help you improve the quality of your content.

Top 3 tools

  1. Web Accessibility Toolbar (WAT): A handy tool to aid manual inspection of accessibility across web pages in Internet Explorer. Here’s an example of the WAT’s inspection of heading and list structure on one of our web pages: 



  2. Colour Contrast Analyser (CCA): This tool enables you to easily check foreground and background colour combinations to determine if they provide good visibility. Here’s an example of the CCA’s inspection of the link text colour against its background on the Digital Access homepage:



  3. Document Accessibility Toolbar (DAT): Our latest innovation, the DAT is a dedicated accessibility ribbon menu for Microsoft Word that makes it quicker and easier to create accessible documents. It features a range of hand-picked and custom-built functions to optimise and validate a Word document for accessibility. Here’s a screen shot of the DAT’s in-built screen reader, which enables a content author to simulate the experience of a person who is blind or has low vision.



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