Creating Accessible Word Documents
As files become more digital, it's important to keep files accessible to people with disabilities. Microsoft Accessibility Video Training includes, lessons on how to create more accessible documents in Word and how to create more accessible slides in PowerPoint. This Microsoft Office video, Creating Accessible Documents, provides a brief overview of best practices for creating accessible documents.
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Alternative (alt) text can be read by screen readers, and helps people who are blind or who have low vision understand what images and other objects are in a document. You can add alt text to objects, such as pictures, clip art, charts, tables, shapes, SmartArt, embedded objects, and audio or video objects. Watch Improve Accessibility with Alt Text to learn how to add alt text to images and objects.
There are five common methods to provide adequate descriptions for complex images (including graphs, maps, diagrams and charts) that require longer descriptions. They are figure captions, in-text descriptions, long description attribute, tactile representations, and audible representations. Portland Community College provides instructional support for describing Complex Images to meet accessibility standards. For more information see, Accessibility of Online Content: Complex Image Accessibility.
Tracy Carcioni, a blind museum visitor, talks about her art experiences in this video by Art Beyond Sight, First Person Story: Learning to Love Art