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Creating accessible PDF documents

This page provides general guidance on making PDF documents more accessible. Some of the points are linked to help guides, which explain how to implement the recommendation.

  • Create the document in Word or PowerPoint using the advice provided within this resource.
  • Save the document as pdf (use the method linked to here as other methods may not correctly convert the accessibility features you have used).
  • Run an ######accessibility check within Adobe Acrobat##### to pick up any further issues.

PDF documents accessibility checklist

This list has been designed to assist you during the creation of a learning resource. You will need to use your own judgement about what is or isn’t appropriate, as this will change depending on your particular context.

 Created using accessible checklists for Word and PowerPoint.

  • Saved using method, which converts accessibility features added during creation.
  • Document structure is accurately replicated in the navigation pane.
  • Reading order is logical.
  • Images, tables, charts and graphs have alternative text.

 

Resources

Using Adobe tools to make accessible content

JISC guide - Getting started with accessibility and inclusion

Quick guides for making Word, PowerPoint and PDF documents accessible

BBC Guide to creating accessible PDF's with Word and Acrobat Professional

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Programme Performance Checks

Staff development sessions to help programme teams prepare for the new Programme Performance Checks are available at the different campus sites as listed below.

These are drop in sessions and you are asked to bring your own laptop.

4 October (Kedleston Road B117 08:30-12.30 and B105 12:15-17:30)

6 October (Britannia Mill BMLG05 & Buxton Campus DO/121b 08:30-12:30 DO/116d 12:15-17:00)

10 October (Kedleston Road S104 08:30-17:30)

11 October (Britannia Mill BM114 08:30-12:30 BM120 12:15-17:30 & Buxton Campus room DO/111a 08:30-17:30)