The second installment from Nomensa's How To guides. Emily Coward, Senior Web Developer at Nomensa discusses the importance of making sure the order of content on a website is logical to ensure that it makes sense when it's read through from top to bottom by someone using a screen reader.
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Multi-lingual Website Accessibility - 7 Tips and Techniques
If you've ever worked on or built a multi-lingual website you will know there are a million and one things to keep in mind. Sorting out domain names, web server configuration, URL structure, page layout and the translation of content are likely to be high on your 'to do' list. With all that keeping you busy, meeting the accessibility requirements for your website may slip to the bottom of the pile. This shouldn't be the case as making your multi-lingual website accessible is easy to achieve.
Search Engine Optimisation Practices to Avoid
Making sure your website is optimised to rank highly in search engine listings is a difficult and time consuming task. Some people have found ways to speed up this process, however many of the techniques used are considered unethical and may have a negative impact on a site’s ranking. This article looks at a number of practices you should try to avoid when optimising your website.
Search Engine Optimisation Tips
Optimising your website to improve your site’s relevance in search engine listing is often a slow process. It involves making small but significant changes to your website in order to increase its visibility to search engines. Many of the search engine optimisation tips to improve your website not only increase your chances of being found by search engines but also enhance the user experience of your website.
This article contains a number of search engine optimisation tips to help improve your website’s relevance in search results listings.
Common Search Engine Optimisation Terms
Search engine optimisation (SEO) is the process of improving the quality and quantity of visitors to a website from search engines. Pages which are optimised effectively come higher up in search results listings and are likely to receive more visitors from the search engine. Making sure your pages are optimised successfully involves understanding how leading search engines such as Google, Yahoo and Microsoft work and what people are searching for.
This article looks at some of the most common SEO terms and what they mean for your website.
Layout flexibility: To switch or not to switch
Creating an accessible and flexible layout for a website can be a difficult task. More often than not web developers encounter problems with the flexibility of the design they are trying to produce as HTML/CSStemplates . Designs should be flexible enough to work at a variety of resolutions. However some designs produced at a width of 1024px just don’t translate well to a width of 800px. The limited amount of space available at 800px often means the content on the page is too close together or text overlaps ridiculously when the font size of the page is increased. This means that the display of content on the page can be difficult to comprehend when the browser window is narrow, but looks great when the window is a lot wider.
Designing for the web
One of the main tasks web developers face on a regular basis is the challenge of turning a design storyboard into accessible HTML/CSS templates for a website. This task is made more difficult when the web designer has not thought about accessibility. Trying to create accessible templates from a poorly thought out storyboard can be a frustrating experience. It is one that can be easily avoided if the web designer has thought about the medium they are designing for, the web.
We all use the Web for different things whether it’s to check bank statements, check the weather forecast or book concert tickets. We do all these things relatively easily by interpreting and processing information on web pages represented by natural language, graphics, multimedia and the design and layout of the page.