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DSD: Creating accessible Word documents
Course Description:

Making documents accessible is important for everyone, not just those with visual or hearing impairments or mobility issues. New regulations are now in force that require us to make all documentation accessible.

In this session you will learn how to make sure your Word documents meet these requirements.

The Microsoft Office 365 Word version will be used for this session. There are only a few minor differences between this version and Word 2016 and these will be highlighted during the session. Users of both versions are welcome to join this session.

Once you have booked on the course you will be able to access all of the online materials in our Digital Skills Development Moodle course.

IMPORTANT: Please ensure you are using Desktop@UCL or the UCL VPN when booking because you need to be on the UCL network to use the system.

Once you have enrolled, you will need to click on the play button under 'My current enrolments' in My Learning to join at the time of the live session. You will also receive an email from ISD containing the direct joining link a day before the session. Please check your junk folder as these emails are occasionally tagged as spam.

We would encourage those who are new to Microsoft Teams to join within the first 15 minutes of the advertised start time in order to test out their connection/audio. The actual session will start on the hour.
At the end of this course you will understand how and why to do the following to improve the accessibility of your content:
  • Check your document for accessibility,
  • Use formatting tools to structure and layout your content,
  • Choose appropriate images and format and tag them
  • Use colour in documents
  • Create descriptive hyperlinks
  • Add meta data to documents
  • Format tabular data correctly
  • Create accessible PDFs
Intended Audience:
This course is aimed at anyone who uses Microsoft Word who wishes to learn how to make their documents more accessible.
Target Audience: All
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