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?
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.