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Create an accessible Office document

An accessible document is usable by everyone
Find out 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.

About this course

This course includes:

  • Three self-paced lessons and three practice sessions for hands-on experience.
  • A short test at the end of each lesson; tests are not scored.
  • A Quick Reference Card you can take away from the course.

Goals

After completing this course you will be able to:

  • Understand different types of physical disability.
  • Appreciate how a document can be inaccessible to some people because of a disability.
  • Create documents that are more accessible by:
    • Using a proper font size.
    • Adding text that describes a graphic.
    • Changing screen colors.
    • Positioning hyperlinks wisely.
    • Knowing what to do with animated text.

Imagine that you are a designer of shopping malls. You don't know exactly who is going to use your mall, so you have to design it to be accessible to everyone. For example, you would include automatic doors for people in wheelchairs.

If you create documents for a wide audience, the likelihood is that your audience includes people who have a disability. This course will teach you many ways in which you can make your documents more accessible.

For more about this course, read this page and then click the Next button to start the first lesson.


Accessible documents will help more than just people with disabilities. In the shopping mall analogy, automatic doors are required for a person in a wheelchair, but they're also appreciated by mothers with strollers and people carrying packages. Similarly, accessible documents will be more usable to your whole audience, not just those with disabilities.

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