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ADA Compliance

Suggested Guidelines for Online Courses


  • Do not use hyperlinks of the type "click here." Screen readers have an option to list and read all hyperlinks on a page. A list of twenty items all reading "click here" would not be instructive.


  • Research shows that sans-serif fonts are more easily read on computer monitors than serif fonts.
  • Black text on a white background is recommended.
  • Use only one font type.
  • Limit use of all CAPS, italics or bold text.
  • Do not use underlining for emphasis (it can be mistaken for a link).


  • All graphics should have alternative text (alt tags) for ADA Section 508 compliance. Screen readers are then able to read what the image is.
  • The text information in the alt tag associated with an image/graphic should, when possible, communicate the same information as its image/graphic.


  • There should be a high contrast between the background color and the font color.
  • Avoid extremely bright colors as a background color, it makes text very hard to read.


  • Refrain from using animated or blinking images, text or cursors. These can cause seizures for some people.

Video and Audio

  • Provide close-captioning or have accompanying text-based scripts for all video.
  • Provide text versions of all audio files.

Accessibility Resources Online

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