Accessibility Checklist for Blog Posts

Mind map When writing blog posts, bloggers can improve accessibility in several ways. Too many ways to remember, hence the “Accessibility Checklist for Blog Posts”! This quick reference is available as a downloadable mind map (PDF format – 182 kb) and as a text-based checklist below:

Does your post include…


  • Expand acronyms the first time used in a post
  • Explain unusual or jargon words
  • Identify the language of foreign words or phrases


  • Ensure links are meaningful when read out of context
  • Avoid links like "Click here", "Here" and "More"
  • Ensure links open in the same window


  • Use heading levels to indicate headings
  • Nest heading levels correctly


  • Use unordered or ordered lists to identify bullet points


  • Use blockquote to identify longer quotes


  • Add an alternative text (the null or empty alt text may be appropriate)
  • Add a title (optional)


  • Provide a transcript


  • Provide captions
  • Provide a transcript (optional)
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9 Responses to Accessibility Checklist for Blog Posts
  1. Barbara
    November 12, 2010 | 7:43 pm

    I used to hate links that opened into another window. That was before IE7 and before I started using Mozilla. Now with tabs – I have all my links open into new windows because I want the reader to be able to easily come back to the main post. You will have to do some fast talkin’ to change my mind, Glenda. ;)

    • Glenda
      November 12, 2010 | 7:50 pm

      Barbara, watch the fast talking regarding links opening in new windows coming up as Sin #7 of Inaccessible Blogs! ;)

    • Felipe
      November 20, 2010 | 4:36 am

      Your browser already allows you to choose to open a link in a new tab (or window) : that can be done with a middle-click or by pressing the deadkey Ctrl or a right-click and choosing “Open in a new tab”.

      If you force everybody to have their links opened in a new tab, there’s no more choice for those that don’t want this behavior. I prefer the other way around, the one with the choice belonging to the user.

      • Glenda
        November 21, 2010 | 5:43 pm

        Excellent point, Felipe! Thank you.

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