Creating Accessible Documents

Making documents accessible is an important part of the document creation process. This not only benefits people with disabilities by making sure they have equal access to documents, but it also makes the documents themselves work better across all platforms. Accessible documents also allow for the use of assistive technologies such as screen readers and magnifiers for those who rely on them; ensuring that everyone can has equal access to information.

Just like web accessibility, document accessibility can be achieved by addressing these issues:

  • applying styles for headings
  • making content scannable with bullets or numbered lists
  • including alternate text for images, graphics, or charts
  • descriptive hyperlinks
  • use of color and color contrast
  • adding simple tables
  • verifying flow in Adobe Acrobat

The resources below will help you in the process of creating accessible documents:

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