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Creating Accessible Microsoft Office Documents

Creating Accessible MS Office Documents

Microsoft Office is the most widely used suite for everything from word processing, organization, and presentations. If you are posting Microsoft Office files on your website for public download, ensure that they are accessible so everyone can use them.

 

Making Word Documents Accessible - WebAIM 

Microsoft Word is currently the most common word processor on the market. Because it is so common, the .doc format has become the de facto format for text documents. However, there are several things that can be done to make content created in Word more accessible.

 

Making Excel Documents Accessible 

In this module, you will look at historically problematic accessibility issues in Excel, as well as the steps needed to make your Excel documents more accessible to everyone.

 

Making Powerpoint Slides Accessible 

This online tutorial identifies the accessibility issues associated with the various methods used to put PowerPoint presentations online and demonstrates techniques for making commonly used elements in PowerPoint presentations accessible for all users.

 

From Microsoft

  • Windows Accessibility 
    • Microsoft's gateway to their product accessibility. This site links to articles, tutorials, tips, and techniques for making their lineup of software accessible. It covers basic Windows, Internet Explorer, Office, speech readers, and many more.
  • Office 2003 Accessibility 
    • Articles, tips, and audio-visual presentations from Microsoft on how to make files more accessible with their Office 2003 software. 
  • Office 2007 Accessibility 
    • Articles, tips, and audio-visual presentations from Microsoft on how to make files more accessible with their Office 2007 software. 
  • Microsoft Word Accessibility 
    • This video from Microsoft shows you what accessibility means and how people with disabilities experience your documents. Learn about the different accessibility needs of various people and what you should do to make your documents available to them.

Note: documents in Portable Document Format (PDF) require Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0 or higher to view,
download Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Note: documents in Excel format (XLS) require Microsoft Viewer,
download excel.

Note: documents in Word format (DOC) require Microsoft Viewer,
download word.

Note: documents in Powerpoint format (PPT) require Microsoft Viewer,
download powerpoint.

Note: documents in Quicktime Movie format [MOV] require Apple Quicktime,
download quicktime.

 
 Last Modified 9/3/14