Text Email Newsletter "Standard" | August 11, 2004
The people behind the E-access Bulletin Newsletter have suggested a format to increase the accessibility of email newsletters. The format, which they are calling the Text Email Newsletter Standard includes suggestions such as
- Making the first text in the email the name of the newsletter.
- Having a contents section at the top.
- Dividing the newsletter into numbered sections and including text in square brackets at the end of each section to say that the section has finished.
- Using the + symbol to denote heading hierarchy.
- And possibly the most important thing for screen reader users, avoiding long lines of symbols for graphical formatting.
Most of these suggestions make sense, although a couple of issues were raised on a WAI mailing list recently. I’d be interested to see what you folks make of these recommendations, especially if you’re involved in the accessibility community or the writing of email newsletters.
Posted at August 11, 2004 5:26 PM