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Accessibility Guidelines

Checklist for Files

The items listed below refer to files that are posted on a web page or in your Canvas course. These may include Word documents, PowerPoints, PDFs, or Excel spreadsheets. For more information specific to content pages, multimedia, and accommodation; please refer to the sites linked in the left menu. Additional resources are listed there as well. Contact the Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) if you have any questions.

Supplemental Resources

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D8: Heading Styles
Documents do not use heading styles or use them inconsistently, including skipping heading levels, and/or altered fonts/size/format/color are used instead of heading styles.
 
Documents consistently use heading styles (i.e. Heading 2, Heading 3, etc.).
D9: Lists
Numbers, letters, or symbols are manually inserted to create a list.
 
Lists are created using the Bullet or Numbered List tool.
D10: Links
Links are not descriptive, or URLs are displayed instead of meaningful links; and/or underlining is used for emphasis or for denoting headings.
 
Links are descriptive, and avoid redundancy; links avoid using non-descriptive phrases; and underlining is only used to denote active hyperlinks.
D11: Tables
Tables do not use designated header cells.
 
Table cells designated as row and/or column headers allow screen readers to read table cells in the correct order.
D12: Color Contrast
Insufficient color contrast between foreground (text or graphics) and the background could create difficulties for low vision and color blind students.
 
There is sufficient color contrast between foreground and background to meet Section 508 standards.
D13: Color and meaning
Visual elements alone have been used to convey meaning.
 
Visual elements (color, bolding, all caps) are not used as the sole way to convey importance or meaning.
D14: Images
Does not consistently use descriptive alternative text, or the image has text that is not part of the alternative description, or uses "image of" or "picture of" as part of the alt text.
 
Every image uses descriptive alternative text that includes any text visible in the image, doesn't contain "image of" or "picture of", and uses "" if the image is purely decorative.
D15: Digital Reading Order
Reading order is not correctly set so that content is presented in the proper sequence to screen readers and other assistive technologies.
 
Reading order is correctly set so that content is presented in the proper sequence to screen readers and other assistive technologies.
D16: Digital Presentations
Some slides have identical titles, reading order is not properly set (slides have had elements added to the layout), and/or images/charts do not include alternative text. Some text visible in slides is not visible in Outline View.
 
Every slide has a unique title, reading order is properly set (slides use pre-set layouts), and all images/charts include alternative text. All text is visible in Outline View so that it can be read by assistive technology.
D17: PDFs
PDFs contain accessibility issues and do not pass the Adobe Accessibility Check.
 
PDFs pass the Adobe Accessibility Check with no substantial errors.
D18: Spreadsheets
Spreadsheets lack labels and supplemental explanations that would allow a student with visual or motor impairment to make use of the content using assistive technologies.
 
Spreadsheets include labels for the rows and columns, detailed labels for any charts, and is accompanied by a textual description of the spreadsheet, drawing attention to key cells, trends, and totals.

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