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Creating Accessible Documents: Word and PDF - Sydney

Vision Australia

Wednesday, 2 November 2016 from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM (AEDT)

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Early bird
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Ended $675.00 $0.00
Full fee 01/11/2016 $750.00 $0.00
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Group bookings of 4 or more
01/11/2016 $675.00 $0.00
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Creating Accessible Documents: Word and PDF

Learn how to create accessible Word and PDF documents in this highly interactive computer-based workshop.

Suitable for anyone who uses Microsoft Office and Adobe Acrobat Pro, we’ll teach you how to ensure your digital documents are accessible to everyone, including people with disability or impairment. Plus, you’ll gain free access to our Document Accessibility Toolbar (DAT) eLearning module!

Developed in accordance with WCAG 2.0 and best practices cultivated by our team of experts, this course is in alignment with the Australian Government’s Digital Service Standard.

Course content

This highly comprehensive course was designed for a general audience – no prior knowledge of accessibility is required. Taught on PCs, a basic working knowledge of Microsoft Office and Adobe Acrobat Pro is recommended.

  1. 1. Background to document accessibility
    1. a. How inaccessible documents affect different disability groups
    2. b. How people use assistive technologies to access content within digital documents
    3. c. Australian legal requirements
    4. d. Applicability of WCAG 2.0 and PDF/UA standards to electronic documents
  2. 2. Techniques to create accessible electronic documents
    1. a. Language
    2. b. Use of colours
    3. c. Text format
    4. d. Links
    5. e. Layout
  3. 3. Techniques for accessible Word documents
    1. a. Images and alternative text
    2. b. Headings
    3. c. Lists
    4. d. Tables
    5. e. Columns
    6. f. Tables of content
    7. g. Text boxes
  4. 4. Techniques for accessible forms
    1. a. Associate fields with labels
    2. b. Test and modify the focus order
    3. c. Apply editing restrictions
  5. 5. Converting Word documents to PDFs
    1. a. Use the built-in PDF maker
    2. b. Configure the PDF maker for accessibility
    3. c. Test the resulting PDF for accessibility
  6. 6. Advanced techniques for accessible PDF documents
    1. a. Create, modify and check tags
    2. b. Test and correct the reading order
    3. c. Associate images with alt text
    4. d. Edit document properties
    5. e. Add bookmarks
    6. f. Use the TouchUp Reading Order tool

Course materials

You’ll receive a comprehensive manual containing:

  • Step-by-step instructions on how to implement techniques using Microsoft Office and Adobe Acrobat.
  • Rationale for using specific techniques and positive impacts for the end-user.
  • Explanations, examples, tips and tricks to help you apply accessible practices day-to-day.

After the course, participants will also gain free access to the DAT eLearning module!

Cost and inclusions

Prices listed are per person, including GST. Catering is provided.

  • Early bird (registrations confirmed more than 21 days prior): $675
  • Group rate (registrations for 4 people or more): $675
  • Full price: $750


You may only cancel your registration by written notice to If notification of cancellation is received by Vision Australia: (i) more than 14 days prior to the event, a full refund of your registration fees, less an administration fee of $12.50, will be provided; (ii) between 7 and 14 days prior to the event, a refund of 50% of your registration fees, less an administration fee of $12.50, will be provided; (iii) less than 7 days prior to the event, registration fees will not be refunded.

Course enquiries

Phone: 1300 367 055

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Cliftons Sydney
60 Margaret Street
Level 13
Sydney, NSW 2000

Wednesday, 2 November 2016 from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM (AEDT)

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Vision Australia

Digital Access at Vision Australia is recognised internationally as an industry leader in the provision of digital accessibility services, equally addressing the needs of all disability groups. Specialising in web accessibility consulting, training and testing, our services are expertly designed to help our customers make their digital presence accessible to all.


Our advice and training is based on the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) version 2.0, formulated by the World Wide Web Consortium’s Web Accessibility Initiative (W3C-WAI). A member of the W3C since 2002, Digital Access significantly contributed to the creation of WCAG 2.0.


As a social enterprise, the fee-based services provided by Digital Access directly support Vision Australia’s wider activities. Our unique position working within a disability organisation ensures that end-users’ real world requirements are foremost in all the services we deliver.


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