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Design with Accessibility in Mind

It's important when creating a document to keep accessibility in mind as it's more difficult to apply after it's been converted to a PDF.  Use the following instructions to create documents that can be read and comprehended by everyone.

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Microsoft Word

Learn how to apply styles which increases the readability and functionality of a document, and additional techniques that make Word documents accessible, using the following resources:

Microsoft PowerPoint

It's important to add a textual description of images, charts and graphs using the alternate text option. Use the guides below to learn how to add alternative text and make PowerPoint presentations accessible:

Microsoft Excel

For those who cannot perceive color or pictures, a detailed description of the concept is necessary. Use the guides below to learn how to make the contents of a spreadsheet accessible:

Adobe InDesign

Learn how to apply accessibility standards when creating an Adobe InDesign file using the following resources: 

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Converting your document to PDF?

Use the following guides to ensure the accessibility of your document when converting it to the PDF file format.

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Last updated: Mar 5, 2014