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Creating More Accessible Microsoft Word Documents

Proposal No: 227

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Length of Session (in hours): 2Format: Lecture Expertise Level: All Levels Type of session: General Conference

Summary of Session

Spend the day learning about creating accessible Word documents. What parts of a Word document are accessible? When are they accessible and how can you convert these documents to accessible PdF with little or no repairs? This is a demonstration session but bring your laptop to ?play along.?


Document authors want to know how to make a more accessible Word document. This demonstration workshop guides you through the accessible and inaccessible parts of these types of documents. This workshop answers the question of what type of content to use in a Word document and when is that type of content accessible or not accessible. Topics include headings, lists, tables, Alt Text, captions and what happens when these documents are converted to tagged PDF! Bring your questions and samples! This is a demonstration session but you can bring your laptop to ?play along.?


  1. The elements of an accessible Word document.
  2. The tools in Word to assist document authors.
  3. The implications of repurposing a Word document to different formats such as PDF.

Speaker Bio(s)

Howard Kramer

Mr. Kramer has worked in assistive technology, disability, information systems and accessible media for more than 25 years. From 1997-2012 he worked with Disability Services at CU-Boulder, establishing the Assistive Technology Lab, which serves students with disabilities needing specialized access. He is founder and coordinator for the Accessing Higher Ground Conference: Accessible Media, Web & Technology, and teaches courses on Universal Design at CU-Boulder.