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
Check out these resources to support writing for and about people with disabilities.
- Guidelines for writing about people with disabilities
- Communicating with and about people with disabilities
- Choosing words for talking about disabilities
- Etiquette: Interacting with people with disabilities
- Learn about disabilities
- Learn about the impact of digital accessibility on culture and physical spaces (video)
- To request a Center for User Experience digital accessibility evaluation of any university technology, complete the Accessibility Evaluation Request form.
- Contact the Center for User Experience for questions or assistance with digital accessibility and usability.
Policies and Guidelines
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.