Introduction to Web Accessibility: Highlighted Resources
Special thanks to presenter Robert Todd, Director, Policy and Partnership Development, University System of Georgia Board of Regents and Senior Research Scientist at the Georgia Institute of Technology's Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access (CATEA).
Last October Robert Todd presented a webinar on Web Accessibility and Usability. Below is a link to the recorded webinar in case you were not able to attend, as well as links to valuable resources related to his presentation.
GVRA Advocates for Accessible Training Materials
Has your agency recently upgraded to Windows 7 and MS Word 2010, or do they have plans to upgrade to MS Word 2010 soon? If so, plan to incorporate accessible document training into your agency’s upgrade; that’s what training specialists at the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency (GVRA) recommend.
After attending a hands-on accessible digital content training with AMAC’s digital content specialists, GVRA training specialists headed back to the office with plans to incorporate the enhanced strategies they learned. Realizing that not all of their staff have access to some of the accessibility tools available with newer versions of Microsoft Office, several specialists took it upon themselves to revise the training materials, creating more enhanced accessible versions to share with GVRA specialists.
Creating Accessible Documents Using Microsoft Office
How do you identify important information when skimming through a document? You likely browse through the pages looking for clues such as headings and subheadings that identify titles and topics. Accessible documents can provide the same types of clues to users of assistive technology, such as screen readers, as they read through a document.
Screen readers rely on document structure for improved navigation. One form of document structure is created by using Microsoft Word’s built-in Styles
to add headings and subheadings to a document. Headings provide screen reader users with the ability to skim through a document and navigate directly to the information they want to access.
The use of MS Word’s built in Styles is a key technique for creating more accessible documents. Adding document structure and navigation through the use of logical heading levels will make your documents more usable for everyone. This technique, along with alternative text descriptions for images, establishing a logical reading order, and the use of simple tables will ensure that your documents are accessible for all users.
See the AccessIT wiki
for more information on using Microsoft Word’s built-in Styles and Microsoft PowerPoint’s built-in templates for creating accessible digital content.
"The power of the Web is in its universality. Access by everyone regardless of disability is an essential aspect."
Tim Berners-Lee, W3C Director and inventor of the World Wide Web.