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Microsoft PowerPoint Accessibility

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Microsoft PowerPoint is surely the go to format for all of us creating presentations. The question that arises is that are the PowerPoint slides accessible to people with disabilities using screen readers and assistive technology. Microsoft has built in accessibility support into Microsoft PowerPoint, but it is up to us as content creators to ensure that our PowerPoint Presentations are accessible. Microsoft PowerPoints are used to create different types of documents.

We use Microsoft PowerPoint to create presentations used in:

  • Training
  • Teaching Material
  • Classrooms
  • Product demos
  • Corporate presentations

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How do we make Microsoft PowerPoint presentations accessible?

To create accessible Microsoft PowerPoint presentations, we need to ensure that the content is formatted correctly and to ensure that the accessibility techniques are implemented. An assistive technology or a screen reader user often finds it difficult to read a normal PowerPoint presentation. Ensuring that we meet the accessibility techniques in Microsoft PowerPoint ensures that the presentation is easily usable and accessible to people with disabilities.

What are the techniques to make a Microsoft PowerPoint accessible?

A Microsoft PowerPoint presentation needs to be formatted to meet the accessibility standards. In addition, we may have to ensure that certain information is provided in addition to make the document accessible to assistive technology & screen readers. Some of the techniques that would be followed would be to:

  • Set the Slide Title
  • Mark the language of the document & the content
  • Set the correct reading order
  • Mark the lists
  • Set the column and row headers for tables
  • Set the bookmarks
  • Correct the colour contrast for textual content (optional)

In addition to these techniques, 247 Accessible Document also:

What standards do we comply with Accessible PowerPoint?

We work with the Web Content Accessibility Guideline (WCAG) 2.0 and implement the Microsoft PowerPoint Accessibility best practices to make Microsoft PowerPoint presentations accessible.

How do we ensure that the PowerPoint Presentation is Accessible?

At 247 Accessible Documents we take quality seriously. With expertise in WCAG 2.0, we not only test with the Microsoft PowerPoint Accessibility Checker but also ensure that a manual quality check is thoroughly implemented on the content. In addition, all our documents are tested by a Screen Reader User to ensure that it is goes beyond compliance and is usable to people with disabilities.

Testimonials

G3ict relies on 247 Accessible Documents as its trusted advisor for its document accessibility needs: we like the professionalism, speed and creativity of its team when complex issues need to be resolved. And, knowing that two-third of 247 Accessible Documents dedicated employees are persons with disabilities gives us an additional motivation to support an organization which walks the talk!

Axel Leblois
President, G3ict