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Creating an Accessible Syllabus
(...and other documents.)
Create an accessible syllabus by using the tools in Word:
- 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.
- All images (photos, tables, graphs, logos, icons, etc.) must have Alt Text, which describes and contextualizes the visual element.
- 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).
- 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