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Would it help SEO to put only keywords inside header tags and style other text beside it to look like part of the header?

This is a very unusual suggestion - I've never once seen any of the SEO experts even hint at something like this. It sounds like something that used to work years ago - a bit like keyword stuffing - ...
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Using URLs as anchor texts

Some reasons I might not do so: The URL is probably uninteresting to most users. Often a link is integrated into a sentence and a URL doesn't integrate well.1 These days, with fancy search bars and ...
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Which main problems could arise from adding a number to a domain name?

The "problem" is that the domain name does not pass the "radio test". If you advertise it on TV or in print media, people should remember it correctly, although there may be a ...
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SEO penalty by hiding text for sighted people but not for screenreaders

Your goal is excellent, and I think the approach you are looking for is already existent in CSS as @media and display. One option HTML <a href="#" class="menu_links"><span class="hidetext"&...
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Do any colors need to be explicitly defined for a webpage to comply with WCAG?

What the tool seems to intend is to make sure that the contrast is high enough, but it’s beyond me why it assumes (for some elements) white as default for the foreground and the background. The ...
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Would it help SEO to put only keywords inside header tags and style other text beside it to look like part of the header?

I don't see any reason that breaking the titles like this could boost SEO in any measurable way. The general rule of thumb for SEO is that if it makes no sense to have your page set up some way and it ...
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Testing my site for accessibility to readers

There's a free screen reader program for Windows called NVDA. It can be downloaded here: https://www.nvaccess.org/download/ Macs come with a screen reader program called Voiceover, WebAIM has an ...
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html5 - <figure> element position importance

Imagine you have a camera manual printed on paper. You can have a diagram of all elements on page 1, this diagram is figure no. 1. On page 16 you can write "look at figure No. 1" This implies that ...
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Correct ALT text for Screenshot Images (Bulk)

alt="Screenshot 1", alt="Screenshot 2" would be about the same as not having anything at all. You can find information on all of your questions here: https://moz.com/learn/seo/alt-text Some context ...
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Can my heading contain a hyperlink? Does this violate usability or web accessibility principles?

I think it actually makes quite a lot of sense. Here are some cases, were I think this would be usefull: The Title of your side is a heading (e.g. name of the company, should maybe even be the ...
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Is it legitimate for rel prev / next links to indicate a circular sequence of pages?

Three and a half months later I have come back to this with an entirely satisfactory solution. I was unaware of this when I posted the question above in March 2020, but way back in 2011, the W3C ...
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Would it help SEO to put only keywords inside header tags and style other text beside it to look like part of the header?

NO. This misses the point of SEO. By breaking up linguistic data across multiple "environments", the information is artificially "out of context" for Google's algorithms and ...
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Accessibilitywise, how long should submit buttons in forms be?

There is one criterion in the current version (2.1) of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines that provides some guidance to your question: Success Criterion 2.5.5: Target Size (Level AAA): The ...
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Is there a process for petitioning Google to factor accessibility into search results ranking?

There is not a process for any 3rd party to petition that Google make anything a rankings factor. Determining what is and what is not a rankings factor is private to Google. Keep in mind that there ...
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Detecting visitors with disabilities

It is not possible to detect visitors with disabilities in any reliable way. This stems from the fact that screen readers hook into the web browser, they don't hook directly into the website: "...
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SEO: images and describing text

What is not visible to users (ever) is not taken into account by Google for ranking. Hidding SFM_Tooltip is not a solution. One option in your case is to put keywords in your image's filename. Google ...
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SEO: images and describing text

What is the reason for placing text in an image rather than having it loaded in the HTML? You generally want all your text crawled to be used for visitors and crawlers. Look at the clean cache of the ...
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Is the title attribute (not tag) important to SEO?

This is an old question that got bumped because of an edit, and a lot has changed. The title tag is used ("displayed") when hovering over the element in this case a link. It can be used for ...
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Is noscript mandatory for worldwide compliance page compliance?

The relevant guideline from WCAG 1.0 Level A is: Ensure that pages are usable when scripts, applets, or other programmatic objects are turned off or not supported. If this is not possible, provide ...
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Will text hidden except for screen readers be problematic for search engines?

If you duplicate the text on the same page and change visibility depending on the viewer/screenreader you don't have to worry IF you make sure that search engines are allowed to read your CSS/JS files....
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Is it better for SEO to use alt text or "screen reader only" text to describe an image that has text on it?

Honestly i don't see how to utilize sr-only for your purpose. But adding the text to both of alt and title attributes (<img src="" alt="your content" title="your content") will finally do the job.
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Understanding the web content accessibility guidelines (WCAG): alternative for audio sample of musical instrument?

The key phrase to consider with the alternative to the audio of an instrument is that it be "equivalent". While this may be difficult to represent the sound of an instrument with text - it ...
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How to emphasize and punctuate words within an 'alt' attribute?

You can style alt text. You can make alt text bold, add a background or change its color. You can also add linebreaks. I don't think it's possible to make some words bold and some words normal, but if ...
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How to use Lighthouse scoring Guide for Accessibility Audit?

They don't have metric score values like the Performance Score. Each Accessibility test is a simple pass or fail with the particular category's weight contributing too the final score out of 100 for ...
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Does it matter if blockquotes contain quote characters for SEO or accessibility?

In terms of SEO, this should make no difference whatsoever. Search engines rank content based on many factors, but whether the content is wrapped in quotes is not something that matters.
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Would it help SEO to put only keywords inside header tags and style other text beside it to look like part of the header?

In one word the answer would be NO. But adding keyword in header helps user to understand about the topic/page. For helping in SEO you must follow Google's guidelines. As @FluffyKiten said: It ...
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Does accessibility (assessed by tools like lighthouse) affect SEO

The simple answer is "not really." The real answer is, "it depends." Search engines don't care what your site looks like. If you use a light font on a light background that makes ...
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Two menus one for desktop one for mobile, screen reader issues?

According to https://webaim.org/techniques/css/invisiblecontent/ screen readers ignore content that is set to display:none;. When you hide one or the other menu, modern screen readers should be ...

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