The more people who can access your creations, the better, right? When creating a genially, it is essential that you think about your whole audience. There are some very simple things you can do to make your creations more accessible. Make sure your ideas reach everyone!
3 basic ways of making your geniallys more accessible
Add Alt text to images and resources
You can include alternative text in most of your genially’s resources. Do this for the elements that you believe provide valuable information. That way, people who use screen readers will be able to receive this information and have a more accurate context of the content.
What should you add as alternative text? Well, try to add the information that you think would help you the most if you could not see the element. Screen readers will read the text you add here aloud.
To add it:
- Click on the element.
- Click on the Accessibility icon in the top toolbar.
- Add the text (max. 125 characters).
- All set! You can continue editing your creation.
Add descriptions to Link interactivity
Add a text with information about the external website that the link directs to. This information will be read by the screen readers. Follow these steps to enter the information:
- Click on the element (or on one that already has Link interactivity applied to it).
- Enable the Improve accessibility option.
- Add the text (max. 125 characters) that gives information about the destination of the included URL. For example: My company's website
- Click on Save.
Use the different text categories (title, subtitle, lists...) available in the left sidebar
The hierarchy of the texts is very helpful for understanding their structure. This hierarchy is displayed visually using letters of different sizes and styles (<h1>, <h2>, etc...).
Those who use a screen reader receive this information through it. By using the appropriate text category in each text section, you make it easier for these people to understand your text, because the screen reader informs them what the text category is, in addition to reading its content.
All of these accessibility enhancements will work both when viewing the genially via a link and when downloading it in HTML format or in any SCORM package.
There are other recommendations you can follow to make your geniallys even more accessible:
- If your creation contains audios with relevant information, you can add transcripts using Window interactivity. This will make them accessible to the hearing impaired.
- Avoid using color as the sole means of conveying information. Visually impaired people may miss some of the meaning of your message.
- Apply sufficient contrast between text and background colors. The higher the contrast, the easier it will be for people to see the content.
- Use fonts that are easy to read and of an appropriate size. For example, the Opendyslexic font makes your texts easier to read.
- Avoid animations or page transitions if your audience has any photosensitivity issues.