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Working with Assets

Using Assets

Assets in libguides refer to links and databases. Here are some tips for working with assets:

  • Do not have overly wordy descriptions of links or databases
  • Descriptions should always go beneath the item title for accessibility rather than appearing when the user hovers over the link
  • Break up related links or databases into boxes and add an H3 or H4 header to each group of assets to describe them
  • Do not describe a link as "learn more" or "click here" as a context is needed for a screen reader. Instead use "learn more about the EBSCOhost Academic Search Premier Database in this video." 


Color Contrast

Not all colors have a good contrast. If you are using colors and are concerned about the contrast, try Webaim Color Contrast Checker

Tables and Charts


Tables are for tabular data only. Make sure your table always has a caption. If you choose to display data in a chart form, use the alt text tool to describe the chart. For example:

Population of Countries of the EU by Percentage, Germany 16.6


Do not put information that is not tabular into a table to draw attention to its contents. Instead, use the Container option as shown below: This guide is designed as a resource for all content owners working in libguides so that we can ensure accessibility.


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  • Every table should contain headings.
  • According to Webaim, data tables very often have brief descriptive text before or after the table that indicates the content of that table.
  • Libguides has a field to enter caption data above the table.