Accessibility Checklist: C
"Web pages shall be designed so that all information is also available without color, for example from context or markup."
What does this mean to you?
The guideline refers to content that you create and offer. Students who are blind, color blind, or those who can only print your documents in black and white would be affected by not following this guideline.
Formatting your text makes your documents more visually appealing, grab the students' attention, and help point out important information.
But you should also be cognizant of the importance of using font color correctly.
Following this guideline will ensure all users can utilize your content and prevent possible miscommunications in the course concerning things like deadlines, requirements, and important details.
Whenever you decide to change your content's font color for important information, simply ensure that the font color is NOT the only means of identification.
Here we have a few examples showing appropriate use of font coloring by using multiple ways of identification.
In this first example, the font color helps quickly identify the different values of "Completed & Incomplete" but here color is not the sole means of identification.
By using the words "Complete" & "Incomplete", the text holds value but still shows its importance using color.
If we had used checkmarks or Xs instead of descriptive words, some students may have difficulty differentiating what would be complete or incomplete.
In this next example, the instructor used multiple ways to identify the information: they underlined the text, used red font color and utilized a symbol/icon.
Using all of these different methods of identification will make these items stand out (which is the intended purpose or doing all of these things) but will also allow all types of users to navigate this table.
This instructor has made their content engaging as well as universally designed.