Once you have a complete draft, it’s important to edit this before sending it off into the outside world. ‘Editing’ may look different depending on the form your project has taken, but there are some principles that remain the same no matter what you chose to create.
Things to Evaluate
These are aspects of any project that should be checked.
- Spelling and grammar – including titles and other metadata
- Accuracy – Have you communicated facts correctly?
- Coherence – It can help to read any text out loud to check its readability
- Precision – Is there anything unnecessary that you can trim down?
Getting a New Perspective
When editing, it’s possible that you become too close to a project to notice any potential issues. It can help to alter the way you view it by doing any of these things, as flaws will stand out.
- Change the font
- Read it aloud
- Change the speed
- View it on a different device
- Get a friend to read it
You want as many people to be able to enjoy your project as possible, so you should consider what measures you will take to make it accessible. Some platforms such as YouTube and TikTok have auto-captioning features in which they will add closed captions for you, but these aren’t always accurate. You may want to add your own subtitles. The BBC produced a guide that may help when producing subtitles.
For any written aspects, you could consider using one of the most readable fonts.
For events and installations, there are many logistical considerations to take into account. You can find a comprehensive resource on this here. Remember that the people with the best understanding of accessibility requirements are disabled people themselves, so it’s important to consult them wherever possible.
It is also worth remembering that accessibility doesn’t just apply to people with disabilities. Making your project accessible will not only allow disabled people to enjoy it, but will likely make it easier for those without disabilities.
If you’re editing a digital project, you will need appropriate software. While there is plenty of high-end software that you could pay for, there are also many free alternatives. Platforms such as YouTube and TikTok also have their own built-in editors for creators.
Android phones: Video Editor
PC: Windows Photos
PC & Mobile: Canva
PC: Adobe Spark