How to Make Accessible Word Processing Documents

Accessibility Principles

Apply the following accessibility principles to make Word documents more accessible and improve the usability for all users.

Give Descriptive File Name
Set Default Language
Make It Easy to Understand
Apply Structure
Create Accessible Links
  • Provide link text that describes where the link goes and gives meaning out of context.
    • Avoid phrases like “click here,” “learn more” and “read more”.
  • Underline links for quick identification.
Write effective link text
Use Color Appropriately
Add Alternative Text
Write effective alternative text
Create Accessible Tables

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Tips and Techniques

Check Accessibility

When an application (or authoring tool) allows for user-generated content, content authors must create digital information accessible to people with disabilities. As you design, develop, or create digital content, there are a few ways to check accessibility.