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LibGuides Standards and Best Practices

Accessibility and Discoverability

To ensure that your public guides reach as many users as possible, be sure to consider issues of accessibility and discoverablity as you fine tune your content.  See the boxes below for tips and resources that will ensure the broadest possible reach for your public guide.

Accessibility

Make your guides accessible
Making your guides accessible ensures that people with disabilities can perceive, understand, navigate, and interact with the internet, as well as contribute to it.  It is essential we make our guides accessible to provide equal access and equal opportunity to people with disabilities.

  • Use alt-text to describe photos and videos.  LibGuides has a place for this when you add images and media.  This is for screen readers.  Screen readers are software applications that enable people with visual impairments to use a computer through a text to speech feature, or by translating text into braille.  Including alt-text enables a screen reader to read a description of your images to it's users. This text also has benefits for search engines, which use these metadata when they generate search results for images.
  • Include link information below the link.  Don’t show the information in a “hover” option, this is unreadable to screen readers.
  • Avoid relying on color to convey meaning. (i.e. green for good, red for bad.)  Colorblind users may not be able to see the color difference and interpret your signal.

Discoverability

Make your guides and pages discoverable

  • Use natural language. Use the same type of language your users use for keyword searches.
  • Assign appropriate subjects and tags to your guide.
  • Create friendly URLs. A friendly URL is a web address that is easy to read and describes the content in your guide.  For instance: 

philamuseum.libguides.com/bestpractices

Friendly

philamuseum.libguides.com/c.php?g=980275&p=7088702

Not Friendly

This makes it so patrons can remember how to access your guide later without having to go through the library website, and also increases the chance of your guide showing up on search engines.