My school Mac laptop received an upgrade to Office 15.41 recently, and it has an accessibility checker. I find it both wonderful and horrible. It’s wonderful in that it displays a list of every error it detects, but the lists for my documents are SO long. Fortunately, it not only lists the errors, it includes directions for correcting them.
Right now I’m working on my PowerPoint presentations. Common errors the accessibility checker detects include slides with no title (my slides often have just an illustration or table), not having alt tags for arrows I’ve added that might point to a particular structure, and not checking the reading order of each slide. I admit that correcting the errors on one slide doesn’t take all that long. However, my course has almost 700 PowerPoint slides.
A nice feature is that as each error in the accessibility checker’s list is corrected, it disappears. That’s great positive reinforcement. One unresolved question I have, though, is that when I check the reading order on a slide and ensure it’s as I want it, that error does not disappear from the list. Does anyone know what I’m doing wrong?
If you don’t have an accessibility checker, here’s a great website to help with the accessibility of PowerPoint slides: Make your PowerPoint presentations accessible. Also, there are resources for other types of documents on this website at Resources. I’ve found solutions for several unique challenges in making my documents accessible, so if you have a particular problem feel free to email me. I’d be glad help if I can. My contact information is at Contact.
I need to get back to work now. As they say of that 1,000 mile walk . . . .