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For July 2017:

How to make online shopping more accessible

The trick here is to ensure that your online shopping facility is easy to access, easy to navigate and one that visitors will return to time and time again. No; it is not just about cute colors, snazzy images, and great graphics!

If you really wish to make your online shopping facility accessible and nagigable, then I have some suggestions for you.

  1. Make sure that your forms are easy to complete. That is, that your fields are clearly identifiable and that they are easy to fill in.
  2. Make sure that you clearly explain your products; not just through pictures and graphics but also through the use of text that is easy to understand and that it is written in plain and simple language.
  3. Make full use of alt text to clearly describe graphics and icons.
  4. Provide alternate texts of down loadable files in such formats as Txt, Doc, HTML, and accessible PDF.
  5. Make sure that your content is easy to access and easy to read.
  6. Provide appropriate messages to let the person know if their transactions have either been successfully completed or if they have failed and give reasons and suggestions as to why they have failed and how to correct the errors.
  7. Provide suitable contrasts in foreground and background and make sure that your fonts are easy to read.
  8. Finally; employ accessibility testers to test for accessibility. One of the most common pitfalls is that too many companies fail to hire persons with disabilities to test choosing instead to hire regular testers.

This should be a good start for you.

Good luck!

I'm Donna J. Jodhan your freelance writer and roving reporter wishing you a terrific day.

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