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.