Creating Nonvisually Accessible Documents

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Creating Nonvisually Accessible Documents

Produced by the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute

Access Technology Team,

200 East Wells Street

at Jernigan Place

Baltimore, Maryland 21230

Phone: 410-659-9314



Created July 2014


Requests for an accessible document typically raise quite a few questions. This resource aims to answer those questions and to provide practical information on how to make HTML, PDF, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents more accessible to blind users.

The Accessibility FAQ section provides some general background on the importance of creating accessible documents. The General Considerations portion of this resource guide will cover the major tools that are used to create accessible documents and some guidelines for using them effectively. The Specific Technologies section will discuss many of the common problems, and provide some tips and tricks for remediating these.

All sources used will be cited in the Resources section of the document and can be reviewed for further information. This guide is only an overview of the low hanging fruit of accessibility concerns. However, taking the steps outlined here will cover many of the concerns faced by blind and low vision users when viewing your documents. For more information on making products and services accessible to the blind, we invite you to contact the Access Technology Team at the National Federation of the Blind, whose contact information will also be in the Resources section of this document.

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