Accessible PDFs Made Easier
Hi, I’m Peter Frem, a Senior Program Manager leading an effort across Office 365 to make it easier for you to create documents and communications that are accessible to everyone.
Most people don’t realize that ensuring the accessibility of a document is their responsibility, and that creating accessible documents means that more people are able to access, read, and use them! This means doing things like using headings to easily navigate a long document, or using text contrast that’s easy to read in a variety of lighting conditions. That’s why we’re excited to share with you more capabilities to remind you about accessibility issues, even if you know nothing about accessibility.
Reminders when you need them, none when you don’t
Although we aspire for all documents to be accessible, we know there are right and wrong times to remind you about reviewing the accessibility of your document.
Earlier this year, we enabled a reminder in the status bar of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint that shows you when we’ve found recommendations to make your document more accessible. You can turn this on yourself or ask IT for your organization to enable this for you. At a glance, you can now check if there are issues that might prevent someone with disabilities from fully engaging with your content.
We’re now taking that a step further! Whenever you’re about to finalize your document into a PDF, we’ll also remind you to investigate accessibility issues and give you 1-click access to the accessibility checker results. From there, you can easily review individual issues and use the Recommended Actions to easily fix what’s needed.
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