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Accessible Text Clouds

10/26/10 by Kristin Heineman

The use of text clouds can offer a fun, visually appealing method of displaying the frequency or popularity of words on a web page. Merely relying on font-sizes, weights and color to convey hierarchy can exclude some users from accessing important information on the website, though. By ensuring that the raw data is structured with OL tags in HTML, screen readers such as JAWS will convey the hierarchy of the list items and render the information as it is structured and in the order that the content appears in the Document Object Model (DOM).