What is an Accessible Word Document and
how is it different to any other document?
You’ll notice the heading is accessible word and not ‘tagged word’. This is because, unlike a PDF document, word documents do not have ‘tags’. Instead, they use the style sheet and physical layout of the document to guide a reader through and derive meaning.
- Uses Styles rather than ‘tags’
- Relies on simplified layout
- Editable without losing accessibility
- Simple tables and graphs only
- Alternate text of up to 160 characters recognised
- Natively accessible when tools are utilised correctly
- Allows for changes to be made without necessarily impacting accessibility
- Clients can change content to meet their visual needs
- Can anchor links and bookmarks to specific words rather than page views.