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Create accessible documents

1 minute to read | Last updated November 20, 2020

When creating content, there are a few basic steps that should be followed increase the accessibility of your content.


Basic Steps for Document Accessibility

The core steps needed for accessibility are the same regardless of whether your document is in HTML, Microsoft Word, PDF, or another document format:

  • Use headings
  • Use lists
  • Add alternate text to images
  • Identify document language
  • Use tables correctly
  • Understand how to export from one format to another

For more detailed instructions for particular document formats, select one of the following topics:

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Credit: Much of the content in this and other guides in the accessibility series was provided by the University of Washington’s terrific Accessible Technology website.