Top Tips for Accessible Word Docs
By structuring your word documents well, you will help people using screen readers navigate your document more easily. Additional benefit: your document will be more visually appealing and you can automatically generate a table of contents.
- Use the Styles feature in Word (Title, Heading 1 for top level info, Heading 2 for subheadings) rather than structuring your document manually (using bold, different fonts and sizes, etc.). Guidelines for using headings are available through MSU Web Accessibility.
- For images, charts and graphs, provide a brief description using alternate (alt) text. For more information, see the MSU Web Accessibility pages on Alternate Text, Accessible Images, and Charts and Graphs.