Template:Accessibility of Content Table

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This table is intended give a guide to instructors when they are creating/uploading content to the web. Ideally all information should be entered using the methods found toward the right of the table, however instructors should be aware of the compromises they are making when using other methods.

Level of Accessibility: Unacceptable Poor Good Best
File type or Format Images without alternative or descriptive text.

Tables/Images used for decoration not for organizing information.

(assuming no alternative is given)

Files in MS Office format: DOC, DOCX, XLS, PPT The Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) (if formatted for accessibility) can be easily created from most programs. Also, RTF and TXT files are readable by most assistive technology and are usually platform independent. Create or copy content directly in Sakai via options like "Create HTML Page".
Explanation Content cannot easily be searched or read by screen readers. Generates a "Blocked by Internet Explorer!
" alert.

Requires MS office ($120 ~ $600) Inconsistent presentation based on version of Office, IE, etc.


PDFs are generally a good choice. They can be made to be accessible by screen readers. See Webaim.org for more details.

Try to avoid documents with columns, as they can confuse some software.

The native text editor’s HTML pages are fast to access and accessible to assistive technologies.

Your use of this tool and its headings and bullets option will enhance the experience for all students.


Presently alternative or more accessible content for students needs to be created when it is requested. Under then new Ministry of Community and Social Services' Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) transcriptions of everything and full compliance with WCAG2 will be required with the potential for fines to be issued when it is not.