Accessible documents

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Document accessibility refers to the inclusive practice of making document contents usable by people of all abilities and disabilities. When document files are correctly developed and edited, all users can have equal access to information. The accessibility of documents is strictly linked to the larger item of web accessibility (addressed in a dedicated section of the hub) for which significant progress has been made to improve the accessibility of content. The accessibility of many electronic formats, such as Microsoft Word documents and PDFs, however still lags behind and is often added as an afterthought, if at all. Standards and Techniques have been developed to improve document accessibility.

Find out more about Accessible Documents by topics:

  • Legislation on Documents accessibility: This page provides some information as to the legal requirements related to accessible documents
  • Standards and Guidelines for Accessible Documents: this page presents information and the standards and guidelines that have been produced to ensure broader accessibility of digital documents.