Key Features of Accessible Documents
General Considerations for Document Accessibility
o Accessible documents and web pages allow people who use a screen reader to maneuver through documents easily: jump from one section to another easily, search for particular content and go to it easily, and hear descriptions of images.
o Structure is important for screen readers – use the built-in tools for styles, lists, and format
o Alternative Text – all images and visuals must be described by using “alt text” features in order for screen readers to present a description of the item to the user.
o Hyperlinks – rename hyperlinks to describe page and content (for electronic access); ensure links are active; e.g., Disability Services rather than http://www.otterbein.edu/public/Academics/AcademicAffairsDivision/AcademicSupportCenter/DisabilityServices.aspx
o Run accessibility checks within documents
o Use high contrast colors (color blind access)
o Remove animations (photosensitive epilepsy/seizures)