Microsoft Word Accessibility

Microsoft Word Accessibility

Reliable and accurate Microsoft Word document accessibility solution

A large number of documents created today are developed using Microsoft Word. Microsoft Word is probably the go-to format for so many people to create documents.

Accessibility options and best practices are available to ensure that documents created with Microsoft Word are accessible to people with disabilities using screen readers and assistive technology. It’s often not knowing about these features that the Word document is then not accessible to people with disabilities. 

We use Microsoft Word to create:

  • User Manual
  • Training Manuals
  • Textbooks
  • Marketing Brochures
  • Resume
  • Application Forms
  • Annual Reports
  • Proposals
  • Newsletters
  • Flyers

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How do we make Microsoft Word documents accessible?

They key to providing an accessible Microsoft Word document is to ensure that the content is formatted correctly and to ensure that the accessibility options are implemented. An assistive technology or a screen reader user might be able to read a normal Word Document. But ensuring that we meet the accessibility techniques in Microsoft Word ensures that the document is easily usable and accessible to people with disabilities.

Use the 247 Self Service Portal to upload your documents and receive accessible word documents or contact our account manager for Managed Document Remediation Services to set up a customized offering.

What are the techniques to make a Microsoft document accessible?

A Microsoft Word document 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 relevant Headings
  • 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 for Accessible Microsoft Word documents?

We work with the Web Content Accessibility Guideline (WCAG) 2.0 & 2.1 and implement the Microsoft Word Accessibility best practices to make Microsoft Word documents Accessible.

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