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Accessible Document Guides

General Resources

Online Optical Character Recognition (OCR) Tool

  • Ryerson Library is proud to provide an online tool that performs optical character recognition (OCR) on documents in an effort to improve their accessibility. The OCR tool will convert "non-selectable" text files into machine-readable or recognized text. This will render your document readable by adaptive software such as text-to-speech applications. Non-selectable text or unrecognized text is an impediment to accessibility.

Microsoft Office & Adobe Acrobat Quick Tip Sheets

The following print-friendly tip sheets will help you improve the accessibility of Microsoft Office documents. These tip sheets are applicable to the most recent versions of both Windows and Mac variants of Office. 

Creating an Accessible Microsoft Word Document

Creating an Accessible Microsoft Excel Document

Creating an Accessible Microsoft PowerPoint Document

Creating an Accessible PDF Document

For more comprehensive tutorials, please visit Microsoft's accessibility articles on Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Other Resources

WordPress Accessibility Handbook

  • The WordPress Accessibility Handbook contains comprehensive information and tools regarding accessibility for developers, theme developers, and content creators.

PowerPoint Accessibility by WebAim

  • This article outlines a comprehensive guide on how to make PowerPoint documents more accessible on the web.

Creating Accessible PDF documents with Acrobat by WebAim

  • This comprehensive guide shows you how to create an accessible PDF using the Tags Pane, TouchUp Reading Order tool, and Accessibility Wizard.

Adobe InDesign Accessible Documents

  • The following article shows you how to export an InDesign document into an accessible PDF. Article also features video tutorials.

Accessible Digital Office Documents

  • This site can help you create accessible office documents and choose accessible office applications for your organization. The guidance is based primarily on WCAG 2.0.

Closed Captioning of Videos and Audio Files

  • If you intend to show or disseminate a video, it should be closed-captioned to ensure accessibility and in support of the universal design for learning approach. Closed captioning is beneficial not only to those with hearing impairments, but also to those for whom an additional textual representation of the verbal and auditory is an important learning support.