Editing for accessibility using Microsoft Word

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Julie Ganner, president of the IPEd NSW Branch, has written an article on checking your Word documents for things that could make them less accessible to people with vision impairment or dyslexia. Microsoft has an Accessibility Checker tool you can use, and she also gives general tips on things to avoid.

For example, did you know that using merged or split cells in a table, or a blank column or row, can make it hard for people using assistive technologies to find and understand the content? Some of that fancy formatting we are so proud of may actually be causing problems for some readers.

The article was written as part of IPEd's commitment to the aims of the Australian Inclusive Publishing Initiative and the Marrakesh Treaty.

Members can download the article from the IPEd website (you must log in).