Each month I will be responding to a question; chosen from a pool of some of
the most commonly asked ones that I have been asked over the years and
continue to be asked.
This month, I’d like to answer the following question:
How to make newspapers more accessible
I do not think that there is too much for me to say here as over the past
few years newspapers have become much more accessible to those who fall into
the so-called print disabled category. Notably, the blind, partially
sighted, deaf/blind, and those who for various reasons are unable to read
The important thing to keep in mind as you focus on this particular area is
to ensure that your newspaper can be easily accessed in an electronic format
that is readable. You need to ensure that if you offer your newspaper
through your website that it is easy to find and download.
Here are some finer points that you can use to stay ahead of the game.
Make your e newspapers downloadable in the following formats: HTML, word,
text, and RTF.
Make your e newspapers easy to download. That is, that the download is easy
to identify and access.
Organize your headings and content of your e newspapers in a manner that
would enable your readers to find what they are searching for in a quick,
precise, and easy way.
Create a search box that is easily accessible and easy to use.
Give appropriate names to links so that they can be easily associated to the
content that they contain.
These are just some finer points for your consideration but there are always
many more for you to work on.