Add neutral colors to your designs

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09 April 2021, Friday

Add neutral colors to your designs

Neutral colors can add so much to the visual look of your e-learning. Neutrals make good background colors and are excellent choices for text and other elements that anchor the slide. What I mean isn’t everything must grab your attention directly. A neutral color is one can be subtle and perform a variety of functions without overpowering the other content. First and foremost, respect the brand. There will be situations where you will need light and dark text, so make sure you have chosen good options to use throughout the course. Adding transparency to a shape also opens up a lot of possibilities. Keep your content high contrast therefore the screen reader can read it. Text that’s too low contrast can’t be interpreted and, therefore, could also be missed. Again, keeping it high contrast so that everything is readable and accessible for everybody.

To help screen readers be ready to decipher what’s on-screen, we add something called ALT tags. ALT tags are simply short phrases, or maybe even one word, that describes the content. Simply adding an ALT text will help the screen reading software to inform the user what they’re alleged to be viewing. Most eLearning programs like Storyline or Adobe Captivate do have ALT tag capabilities and anything online, websites, eLearning courses, all have ALT tags for images. Just any text won’t do for accessibility. It must be readable. Too tight and therefore the letters touch and it can’t be deciphered by the screen reading software. Or too loose letter spacing confuses also. Important information put into a graphic can be missed by a disabled learner.

The screen reading software cannot read it if it’s embedded during a graphic. It’s always a good idea to include a separate text link to give access to all. You may notice that on websites, sometimes when they have graphics that are linked, they also have text links at the bottom for that same reason. Again to make the content accessible to all. Avoid using the word click. This describes sound blind or motion-impaired persons are not able to access. We use the words tap or press, or something similar, instead. Any video, audio, or other multi-media with sound, will need captioning. Always a good idea to offer to caption. Captioning is necessary for both video and audio content. In some cases, you would possibly get to offer it in multi-languages also. You can scroll down and you’ll view all of the various rules. Use these simple tips to make sure your content is accessible. Accessibility is always a good idea to make your content available, and readable, to everyone.

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