Excessive Content Is Difficult to Manage

Short Description

Amount of content on page is overwhelming

Long Description

  • An excessive number of images, a variety of fonts, and crowded text can make it more difficult for a screen magnifier user to read and navigate content.
  • When increasing font size impacts the layout of other content or forces the font off the screen, it means the screen magnifier user has to scroll the page back and forth to read across a line.
  • Often times, a screen reader user builds an image or map of a site inside their head so as to remember for future reference where important parts of the page are and to expedite later navigation. Too much content can make it hard for a screen reader user to understand the layout of a web page or to remember what is present.

Example of Issue

Example of site with too much content and no useful way to sort through the content

Accessibility/Usability

Accessibility
Usability

Impacted Assistive Technology

Screen Reader
Screen Magnifier

Impacted Type of Device

Computer
Mobile

Recommendations

  • There is no rule or formula for how much content a page should contain, and it differs based on the content and how it is organized.
  • Make sure the size of the font can be doubled and still fit on the screen, without impacting images and other content.
  • Limit the number of images on a page, especially when they are not necessary.
  • Make sure there is white space between blocks of text and other elements.
  • Look at the page on screens of various sizes.
  • Consider moving content to other pages with links to them.
  • Reconsider the organization of all content so as to make it as easy as possible to find.
  • Use proper structural markup such as headings, lists, and regions or landmarks to help users organize content.
  • For more information on organizing content, read Basic Structure
  • on the Accessibility and Usability site.