Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word is currently the most common word processor on the market. Because it is so common, the .doc or docx format has become the de facto format for text documents. Word is often used to create files that end up in PDF and HTML, so the accessibility of the original document is important to ensure that resulting PDFs and HTML files are likewise accessible.

The following links take you to resources at the WebAIM (Web Accessibility in Mind) website. WebAIM is an initiative of the Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University. WebAIM is a nationally recognized leader in the development of accessibility resources.

Crash Course in Creating Accessible Word Documents

  1. Use proper headings and structure
  2. Use alternative text for images
  3. Be aware of limitations of data tables and use them sparingly
  4. Ensure links make sense out of context

Accessible Syllabi Examples

All documents in MS Word (docx) format

The WebAIM web page below provides an overview on how to create an accessible Microsoft Word document in the most popular versions of the product for both Windows and Mac.

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