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.
The collective knowledge around the creation of accessible PDFs is slowly but surely growing, making this flexible format more widely available to people of all abilities. But what if you make your PDF accessible, yet someone still finds it inaccessible because of the way they open it?
Accessible documents are a key part of any digital accessibility strategy and relatively quick and easy to implement. A question that we are frequently asked is “can I create accessible documents myself?” We all use Word and other standard programs every day, so it can’t be that hard. At first glance, creating accessible documents might seem to be within the reach of anybody with a bit of basic training, but it is very easy to become stuck in common accessibility problems with no way of knowing how to fix them.