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<span style="font-size:larger"><span style="font-family: tahoma,geneva,sans-serif">The most common file formats posted on websites and used for sharing and disseminating information are:</span></span>
 
<span style="font-size:larger"><span style="font-family: tahoma,geneva,sans-serif">The most common file formats posted on websites and used for sharing and disseminating information are:</span></span>
  
*<span style="font-size:larger"><span style="font-family: tahoma,geneva,sans-serif">Microsoft Word .docx<br/></span></span>
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*<span style="font-size:larger"><span style="font-family: tahoma,geneva,sans-serif">Microsoft Word .docx</span></span>
*<span style="font-size:larger"><span style="font-family: tahoma,geneva,sans-serif">Adobe .pdf<br/></span></span>
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*<span style="font-size:larger"><span style="font-family: tahoma,geneva,sans-serif">Adobe .pdf</span></span>
*<span style="font-size:larger"><span style="font-family: tahoma,geneva,sans-serif">Mircosoft PowerPoint .pptx<br/></span></span>
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*<span style="font-size:larger"><span style="font-family: tahoma,geneva,sans-serif">Mircosoft PowerPoint .pptx</span></span>
 
*<span style="font-size:larger"><span style="font-family: tahoma,geneva,sans-serif">Microsoft Excel</span></span> <span style="font-size:larger"><span style="font-family: tahoma,geneva,sans-serif"><tt>.xls</tt></span></span>
 
*<span style="font-size:larger"><span style="font-family: tahoma,geneva,sans-serif">Microsoft Excel</span></span> <span style="font-size:larger"><span style="font-family: tahoma,geneva,sans-serif"><tt>.xls</tt></span></span>
  
 
= Principles<br/> =
 
= Principles<br/> =
  
*<span style="font-size:larger"><span style="font-family: tahoma,geneva,sans-serif">Ensure that document files posted on websites contain text and are not scanned images.</span></span> <span style="font-size:larger"><span style="font-family: tahoma,geneva,sans-serif">(Copying a document on a photocopier to create a pdf attachment, creates a scanned image.)</span></span>
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*<span style="font-size:larger"><span style="font-family: tahoma,geneva,sans-serif">Ensure that document files posted on websites contain text and are not scanned images.</span></span> <span style="font-size:larger"><span style="font-family: tahoma,geneva,sans-serif">(Copying a document on a photocopier to create a pdf attachment creates a scanned image.)</span></span>
 
*<span style="font-size:larger"><span style="font-family: tahoma,geneva,sans-serif">Provide accurate metadata in document properties.</span></span>
 
*<span style="font-size:larger"><span style="font-family: tahoma,geneva,sans-serif">Provide accurate metadata in document properties.</span></span>
 
*<span style="font-size:larger"><span style="font-family: tahoma,geneva,sans-serif">Provide document structure by using appropriate headings (&lt;h1&gt;, &lt;h2&gt;, &lt;h3&gt;). Screen readers rely on document structure for navigation.</span></span>
 
*<span style="font-size:larger"><span style="font-family: tahoma,geneva,sans-serif">Provide document structure by using appropriate headings (&lt;h1&gt;, &lt;h2&gt;, &lt;h3&gt;). Screen readers rely on document structure for navigation.</span></span>
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*<span style="font-size:larger"><span style="font-family: tahoma,geneva,sans-serif">Add appropriate alt text to charts and graphs.</span></span>
 
*<span style="font-size:larger"><span style="font-family: tahoma,geneva,sans-serif">Add appropriate alt text to charts and graphs.</span></span>
 
*<span style="font-size:larger"><span style="font-family: tahoma,geneva,sans-serif">Consider adding long description alt text when a longer description is required.</span></span>
 
*<span style="font-size:larger"><span style="font-family: tahoma,geneva,sans-serif">Consider adding long description alt text when a longer description is required.</span></span>
*<span style="font-size:larger"><span style="font-family: tahoma,geneva,sans-serif">Add the functionality to skip to the main content.</span></span>
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*<span style="font-size:larger"><span style="font-family: tahoma,geneva,sans-serif">Add appropriate labels to tables.</span></span>
*<span style="font-size:larger"><span style="font-family: tahoma,geneva,sans-serif">Add appropriate labels to forms.</span></span>
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*<span style="font-size:larger"><span style="font-family: tahoma,geneva,sans-serif">Provide sufficient color contrast between text and background colors.</span></span>
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[http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/word-help/creating-accessible-word-documents-HA101999993.aspx <span style="font-size:larger"><span style="font-family: tahoma,geneva,sans-serif">Create Accessibile Word Documents</span></span>] from Microsoft
*<span style="font-size:larger"><span style="font-family: tahoma,geneva,sans-serif">Explain all acronyms.</span></span>
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*<span style="font-size:larger"><span style="font-family: tahoma,geneva,sans-serif">Use checklists for evaluation.</span></span>
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<span style="font-size:larger"><span style="font-family: tahoma,geneva,sans-serif">[http://webaim.org/techniques/word/ Create Accessible Word Documents]</span></span> from WebAIM
*<span style="font-size:larger"><span style="font-family: tahoma,geneva,sans-serif">Navigate your website without a mouse, using only the keyboard.</span></span>
 
*<span style="font-size:larger"><span style="font-family: tahoma,geneva,sans-serif">Evaluate your website using a screen reader.</span></span>
 

Revision as of 18:17, 5 June 2013

About

Digital Content Accessibility guidelines are very similar to the guidelines and standards for ensuring web content is accessible, however the techniques to achieve accessibility will vary depending on the format of the document.

The most common file formats posted on websites and used for sharing and disseminating information are:

  • Microsoft Word .docx
  • Adobe .pdf
  • Mircosoft PowerPoint .pptx
  • Microsoft Excel .xls

Principles

  • Ensure that document files posted on websites contain text and are not scanned images. (Copying a document on a photocopier to create a pdf attachment creates a scanned image.)
  • Provide accurate metadata in document properties.
  • Provide document structure by using appropriate headings (<h1>, <h2>, <h3>). Screen readers rely on document structure for navigation.
  • Provide logical reading order.
  • Add appropriate alt text to all meaningful images.
  • Add appropriate alt text to charts and graphs.
  • Consider adding long description alt text when a longer description is required.
  • Add appropriate labels to tables.

Create Accessibile Word Documents from Microsoft

Create Accessible Word Documents from WebAIM