Accessible digital learning content creates a richer learning experience for all users and should be at the heart of our design and development processes.

Use this simple Accessibility Checklist to help you start creating accessible digital learning content. Keep this checklist close to hand when designing and QA’ing your content. We’ve included items from the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1. This checklist is not the official WCAG 2.1 guidance.

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  1. Provide appropriate alternative (alt) text for visual elements that convey meaning (e.g. images, tables, buttons).
  2. Pre-recorded audio and video content have captions, transcripts and audio descriptions, as required.
  3. Create a logical and meaningful reading order that can be navigated by a screen reader and other assistive technology.
  4. Colour is not the only method for conveying meaning, for instance red highlight for an incorrect answer. Use text alongside or instead of colour.
  5. Learners have the option to control any audio that auto-plays for more than 3 seconds.
  6. Text and images of text have a contrast ratio of at least 4.5:1.
  7. All learning content can be navigated by keyboard alone.
  8. The purpose of each link or button is clear from the text alone.

If you would like more guidance on designing your content to meet the latest accessibility guidelines, Larmer Brown offers a training course that may be of interest. This short online course teaches delegates how to apply WCAG 2.1 and WCAG 2.2 standards to their course development using the dominKnow | ONE authoring tool. It discusses the importance of assistive technology in the design and quality assurance stages and includes examples of accessible digital learning content.

For more information or to book your in-house course, contact our Sales team on +44 (0)1252 607220 or email

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