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Make your site accessible

When you create a site, follow the tips below to make sure it's readable by everyone, including people with disabilities.

Include alt text

Use alternative text (alt text) for images, drawings, and other graphics so that everyone can understand your site. Without alt text, screen reader users just hear "image." Some images automatically include alt text, so it's a good idea to check that the alt text is what you want.

Add or edit alt text

  1. Select the image.
  2. Go to More editing options More and then Add alt text.
  3. Enter alt text in the description field.

Check for high color contrast

High color contrast makes text and images easier to read and comprehend. Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 recommend a minimum ratio of 4.5:1 for large text and 7:1 for other text and images. For example, avoid light gray text on a white background.

To check contrast, use the WebAIM contrast checker.

Use informative link text

Screen readers can scan for links, so informative link text is helpful. It's best to use the title of the page as the linked text. For example, if you're linking to your profile page, the link text should say "my profile," not "click here" or the full URL.

Check text size and alignment

To make your site easy to read, use large, left-aligned text when possible. Justified text is more difficult to read because of extra space between the words.

Use text to support formatting

It's best not to rely on visual formatting alone to communicate meaning. Screen readers might not announce formatting changes, such as boldface or highlighting. For example, to mark an important section of text, add the word "Important."

Use numbered and bulleted lists

Google Docs and Google Slides automatically detect and format some lists for accessibility. For example, if you start a new line in your document by typing the number 1 followed by a period, the new line automatically becomes the first item in a numbered list. Learn how to format bulleted and numbered lists.

Use headings to organize your site

Headings divide your document into sections, making it easier for people to jump to a section (especially if they’re using keyboard shortcuts). You can use the default heading styles or create your own. Learn how to add and customize headings.

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