Liberal Arts 41
Creating Accessible Documents
In addition to the fundamentals outlined on the Accessibility page, the following applies to all documents (Word, PDF, scanned documents, etc.).
Note: Information on websites is most accessible (and usable) when dispayed on a webpage (as an HTML document).
(Also applies to content of webpages.)
- Important! Use correct heading structure (outline). Beginning with an H1 for the title. Headings must be used in order and shold not be used for emphasis.
- Format tables using table tools (header row, alt text). Do not use tables for layout (images).
- Lists are preferred over tables.
- Images must have alt text.
- Include additional descriptive text for informational images as needed for clarifiction.
- Aim for a simple, organized, and clear layout.
- Use a sans serif font.
- Avoid all caps as they can be difficult to read.
- Use bold and italics for emphaisis. (Underline indicates a hyperlink.)
Avoid the following tools in Word:
- Word Art
- Quick parts
- Drop Cap