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Keep Calm and Check Accessibility Week 10: PDF Accessibility Step 2, Reading Order

Posted April 17, 2022

Last week you learned how to run the Make Accessible wizard in Adobe to remediate an inaccessible PDF. This week we will be discussing the final part of the process in creating an accessible PDF: checking the Reading Order. PDFs rely on tags to be accessible to screen readers. Tags indicate how a certain element […]

Keep Calm and Check Accessibility Week 9: PDF Accessibility Step 1, Make Accessible

Posted April 10, 2022

PDFs by their nature are not accessible. Whenever you can, it is best to use a Microsoft Word document instead of a PDF. However, in the case where a PDF is your only option, there are steps you can do to make it as accessible as possible. Create an Accessible PDF from Scratch The best […]

Keep Calm and Check Accessibility Week 8: PowerPoints

Posted April 3, 2022

PowerPoint has the same accessibility checker at Microsoft Word. All of the same accessibility principles that you have learned throughout this challenge also apply to PowerPoints. However, in addition, there are a few extra things you must check for regarding accessibility in PowerPoints. Slide Titles Each slide must have a slide title that is unique […]

Keep Calm and Check Accessibility Week 7: Accessible Tables

Posted March 27, 2022

When using a table in your document, it’s important to create an accessible one. To create an accessible table, you must use the in-built table tool for it to be accessible. Do not draw a table! Screen reader users do not see the entire table at once, but instead navigate tables cell by cell. For […]

Keep Calm and Check Accessibility Week 6: Descriptive Hyperlinks

Posted March 20, 2022

Just as people who use screen readers can skim pages by navigating via headings, so too can they navigate through a document just by links. This picture shows someone using the router feature in VoiceOver (a screen reader). On this webpage the user has used the router to isolate all the links, so then they […]

Keep Calm and Check Accessibility Week 5: Bulleted Lists vs Numbered Lists

Posted March 13, 2022

When a person who uses a screen reader approaches a list, the screen reader will announce that there is a list and will announce what kind of list it is- a bulleted or numbered list. For this reason, it’s important to use the in-built bulleted list and numbered list formatting options in Word to make […]

Keep Calm and Check Accessibility Week 4: Alt Text

Posted February 27, 2022

For people who cannot see pictures well and rely on screen readers to navigate on the computer, it’s important to program the pictures in such a way that the screen reader can explain the content of the pictures aloud. In order to make images accessible to screen reader users, you must add alternative text descriptions, […]

Keep Calm and Check Accessibility Week 3: All About Reading

Posted February 20, 2022

People who might have trouble reading print often use text-to-speech programs or screen readers. A text-to-speech program is any program, app, or extension that reads text aloud. These programs only read text and will not read out buttons, navigation instructions, or alt text for pictures. Many people use text-to-speech programs including people with low vision, […]

Keep Calm and Check Accessibility Week 2: Headings 

Posted February 13, 2022

To understand accessibility, it is helpful to understand how people who use assistive technology navigate elements on the computer. For example, some people with limited functional vision use a tool called a screen reader. A screen reader reads aloud all the elements on a screen and allows the user to navigate through these elements using […]

Keep Calm and Check Accessibility Challenge: Week 1

Posted February 6, 2022

What Does it Mean to Check Accessibility? Welcome to the Keep Calm and Check Accessibility challenge! Throughout our Keep Calm and Check Accessibility challenge, you will learn about the basic elements needed to create an accessible document. We’ll start out by discussing Word documents and then finish by talking about elements specific to creating accessible […]