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Accessible Materials

This guide is intended to assist MSU Libraries staff to create videos, handouts, webpages and other materials which are accessible to people with disabilities.

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.

Resources for Accessible Word Docs

Example Word Docs