Microsoft Word Accessibility Guidelines

Word documents are one of the most convenient ways of conveying and relaying information. Creating accessible Word documents can be done easily by implementing a few simple guidelines. 

Recommended training on BuckeyeLearn:

Document Accessibility: Microsoft Word

Resources:

Make your Word documents Accessible (Microsoft site)

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Quick Guide

  • Set the title and language of the document.
  • Use proper heading structure.
  • Check color contrast.
  • Check font.
  • Add alt text to all images and non-text elements or mark as decorative.
  • Hyperlinks are a clear and accurate description of the link destination. Avoid using “click here,” "read more," or “link.”
  • Lists and tables should be formatted as such. 
  • Tables should only be used to convey data and not as a way to layout a page.
  • Run the built-in Accessibility Checker.