Creating Accessible Documents

What type of document should I create?

  • HTML - Preferred
  • Microsoft Word - Easy to make accessible
  • PDF - Accessible if saved correctly (tagged PDF). PDF has usability benefits.

Microsoft PC products will allow documents to be saved as tagged PDFs. However, Mac users should be aware that saving a tagged PDF is more difficult for them. They will want to use Adobe's Accessibility Resource Center to learn how to make their PDF documents accessible.

Text Styles, List Styles, Descriptive links, and Table formatting are all considerations.

Use these checklists to guide your creation of documents:

UITS has done a great job of including accessibility information about Microsoft Products. They are also working on adding this type of information for other UITS supported applications.

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