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O’Connor on Best Practices to Create Accessible Documents: TechTarget

Manager of Digital Services Iris O’Connor MA ’12 spoke with TechTarget about the best ways to make documents accessible.

O’Connor said one in five adults in the U.S. reads below a fifth grade level, so one of the easiest ways is to use simple language. Technically speaking, it’s also important to make sure accessibility carries over when exporting, and use alt text for images.

It’s always easier to start your base content with an accessible source — for example, Microsoft Word — than to retrofit accessibility after the fact. When it comes to search and discovery, I find that you can’t go wrong with converting documents to webpages. They’re easier for Google to scan, and you can engage readers with rich keywords.

Iris O’Connor MA ’12

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