Creating an Accessible Syllabus

(...and other documents.)

Accessible Syllabus Example/Template


Create an accessible syllabus by using the tools in Word:

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  • Use headings to identify sections and subsections of your document (create an outline).
  • Heading 1 should only be used once - for the title of your document. 

About headings

Alt Text

  • All images (photos, tables, graphs, logos, icons, etc.) must have Alt Text, which describes and contextualizes the visual element.

How to add Alt Text


  • Use self-describing links that a descriptive name for hyperlinks instead of using the URL. 
  • Do not use "Here" or "Click here".  (You may include URLs for print versions of the document.)

Example: For more information, see the How to Link Text webpage.


  • Use bulleted and numbered lists when appropriate.
  • Lists are preferrable to tables (for class schedule, for example).

About Lists


  • Tables should NOT be used for the layout of images.
  • Do not use tabs or spaces to create columns of information that look like a table.
  • Identify the header row or column in a table.
  • Provide Alt Text, especailly if the table is complex or if there is more than one table.
  • Do not add lines to divide cells.


  • Avoid all caps (ALL CAPS) as they can be difficult to read.
  • Use bold and italics for emphasis (and titles when appropriate).  Reserve underline for hyperlinks.
  • If using color, be aware of color contrast for readability.
  • Avoid using the

Creating an Accessible PDF

Create an accessible PDF from an accessible Word document