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MS Word: Bridging the Accessibility Gaps with axesWord

Date & Time
Thursday, March 17, 2022 - 10:20 AM PST  
Platinum 1 (ABLE DOCS)  

Most people expect that you can export an accessible document from MS Word without any issue. While this may be true for very simple documents, the reality is for most documents exporting a compliant PDF from MS Word requires extra work or "dumbing down" the content to pass accessibility compliance rules. This session reviews common limitations and shortcomings to exporting accessible documents from Microsoft Word. Then we will demonstrate the effect these issues have on people using assistive technology. We will review some of the manual solutions to fixing these issues inside Adobe Acrobat. Finally we will demonstrate how to easily overcome them using the axesWord plugin to export a PDF/UA compliant document right from MS Word.

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  • Higher Education
  • Information & Communications Technology
  • K-12 Education
  • Government
  • Media & Publishing
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Session Summary (Abstract)
This session reviews common limitations and shortcomings of exporting accessible documents from Microsoft Word and how to easily overcome them using techniques in Adobe Acrobat and in the source file using axesWord.  
Session Type
General Track  
  • Design
  • Digital Accessibility
  • Education
  • Evaluation & Remediation


  • Dax Castro
  • Chad Chelius

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