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Accessible Documents

Documents can be a valuable addition to your web content but they shouldn’t be the only way you share information with your users.

Follow these tips to make your document content more accessible for users.

Creating More Accessible Documents

Prioritize Web Content

Consider skipping the document entirely and put your content directly into WordPress. This is the easiest way to ensure your content is accessible to the widest audience. If you want or need to include a document version as well, include a downloadable PDF document in addition to your accessible web content.

Simplify your Designs

Documents with more simple designs are easier to make accessible using the tools in Adobe Acrobat Pro. If you have a document with a fairly complex visual design, consider creating a more streamlined web version of your information as well.

Use an Accessibility Checker

Most document creation tools, like Microsoft Word, Google Docs, or Adobe Acrobat, include a built-in accessibility checker. Running this checker and resolving any issues before publishing your document can remove some barriers for users.

Watch Shifting from Print to Digital: Brochures, Flyers, and Newsletters

Learn how you can make brochures, flyers, and newsletter content more accessible using digital platforms.

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Going Further

Learn more about documents by visiting Webguide: Documents.


In this final section, review tips for making media more accessible for your users.