The following is instructions on how to create acessible documents in Microsoft Word or Microsoft PowerPoint.
Font, Style & Spacing
- No smaller than 12 ppt
- Use 'sans serif' fonts only. Tyndale's in-house sans serif font is Calibri.
- Keep headings consistent by using the Style settings (located in the Home tab).
- Do not manually insert page numbers. Use the page number feature found in the 'insert' tab.
- To start a new page, select the 'insert' tab and ' Page Break'.
- Avoid manually adjusting spacing in documents. Use the 'Paragraph Formatting' menu found in the 'Home' tab.
Colour & Images
- Stick to simple colours in documents like black and white, or use the Tyndale colours.
- Select images that are recognizable and that have strong colour contrasts.
- Ensure all images have alternative text (click on the image, open the 'Picture Format' tab and select 'Alt text').
Graphs & Charts
- Always include a brief description below a graph/chart summarizing the information provided in the graph/chart.
- Use simple charts and graphs with clear colour contrast and font no smaller than 12ppt.
- Include a clear, enlarged image of any text smaller than 12ppt (ex: graph legend).
Columns, Tables & Textboxes
- Avoid textboxes as much as possible. Add alternative text if you must use a textbox.
- Inserting a Column: Select 'Layout' tab -- Select 'Columns'.
- Inserting a Table: Select 'Insert' tab -- Select 'Table' (custom or premade).
- Use the table heading and row header features found in the 'Table Design' tab, especially for tables longer than one page.
Accessibility Checkers & Exporting
Please use readable PDF's as much as possible or Microsoft Word documents as both have accessibility checkers Readable PDFs ensure documents are accessible. When converting a Word document to a PDF, use the "export" option on the file tab. Upon conversion, the PDF will be easily read by screen readers and searchable for assistive technologies.
To check accessibility in Microsoft Word or PowerPoint, go to 'File' - 'Info' - 'Inspect Document'- 'Check for Issues' - 'Check Accessibility'.
- To convert a Microsoft document to PDF, use the 'Export' feature found in the 'File' tab. This transfers the style settings to the PDF copy.
- Speak in an even tone at a moderate pace while presenting.
- Provide a brief verbal description of any images displayed on a slide.
- If you are filming a presentation, face the camera to allow for lip and facial expression reading.
- To check accessibility in PowerPoint, go to 'File' - 'Info' - 'Inspect Document'- 'Check for Issues' - 'Check Accessibility'
- All video content posted online must be accompanied by closed captions (AODA compliance) by January 2021.
- Microsoft Teams now provides real-time closed captions during video calls. To turn on live closed captions first select "More Actions" (three dots)
- Next, select "Turn on live captions (preview)" to turn on closed captions.
- Closed captions will appear at the bottom of the call screen.