There’s a Chinese proverb that says, “Tell me, I’ll forget. Show me, I may remember. But involve me, and I’ll understand.” It’s a good approach to take when you’re in charge of training people to become accessible content creators.
Is the term ‘accessible template’ an oxymoron? I’ve been pondering this question over recent weeks while working on various documents for a range of clients and realising that, while the end result of using an accessible template is an accessible document, the usability of the template itself is often lacking.
We all like to peruse a document in different ways, whether it’s simply reading from front cover to back cover, scanning a table of contents to pull out the pertinent sections, or hitting the executive summary and leaving things there. This is something we should remember when creating our documents as well, so adding as many navigation options as possible increases the ease of readability for all end users.