Description: Many content creators tend to use the tools at their immediate disposal at home or work on PC or Mac computers—Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Publisher, FrontPage, Adobe Acrobat, Photoshop, Captivate, Camtasia, etc. Unfortunately, these convenient content creation tools do not create accessible content by default, but allow authors to create content in a variety of ways without necessarily following best practices. Moreover, content creators themselves frequently do not have any formal training on how to use these tools and often learn through experimentation or from peers who have no formal training. This situation is compounded by the fact that institutions, instructors, and content creators continue to purchase and integrate new technology and software without first evaluating it for accessibility. As a result, people with disabilities continue to struggle with a wide array of inaccessible content types. In this course, we won't be able to address the accessibility of all document types, but we will cover a major one, Microsoft Word.
Objectives: • Understand the main accessibility issues with Microsoft Word. • Understand how many of the universal design principles from HTML carry over into the Microsoft Word. • Learn how to use the Styles tool in Microsoft Word to help create a logical document structure with appropriate use of headings, lists etc. • Learn how to use the Styles tool in Microsoft Word to apply styling consistently across one or more documents. • Learn how to apply best practices for creating accessible Microsoft Word documents.