Accessibility – How to deal with documents!

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Presented at 8:00am in Westminster I on Wednesday, November 14, 2018.



  • Sachin Gupta, Director, Deque

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 1-hr
  • Format: Lecture
  • Expertise Level: Beginner
  • Type of session: General Conference


You have handled accessibility for your website and mobile apps. What about the documents that you post on the website, and distribute digitally to the consumers? In this session, we will cover various considerations for document accessibility for multiple document types.


Your organizations' digital footprint is not limited to just the website and mobile apps. There are multiple documents like MS-Word docs, Powerpoint presentations, PDF documents, Excel files that end up on your website or digitally distributed to your consumers. During this presentation, we will discuss how to prioritize these documents for accessibility, what standards are covered by various document types, various tools that can be used (and more importantly, when) in the document accessibility process. Join us during this session to understand when it is better to develop an HTML alternative to a document versus keeping it in a document format. We also discuss the need for manual assessment and how dependency on the same can be reduced.


  1. Document Accessibility Strategy is required
  2. Each document type is different, and needs to be treated differently
  3. Prioritization and automation are required to avoid cost inhibitiveness

Disability Areas

All Areas

Topic Areas

Administrative/Campus Policy, Alternate Format, Uncategorized

Speaker Bio(s)

Sachin Gupta

Sachin is the Director of Services at Deque Systems, Inc and as part of this role leads a diverse team of accessibility consultants and developers. He also leads the team through the implementation of accessibility programs and products with various customers ranging from very small restaurants to very large commercial organizations. He leads the Document Accessibility Services at Deque and is adept at assessment and remediation of PDF documents to WCAG 2.0 AA and PDF/UA standards.