The accessibility checker is a great tool to use AFTER you have already implemented accessibility principles into your MS Word document. For a refresh on that – review the Microsoft Word Accessibility page.
The accessibility checker in Microsoft Word is a great tool for identifying color contrast errors, finding images that do not have alternate text, and applying table headers.
Do not rely on the accessibility checker for compliance. Use it as a tool to verify your work.
The Accessibility Guy
Video overview of how to use the accessibility checker in Microsoft Word
Text Directions of using the accessibility checker in Microsoft Word
Select the Review tab
Select Check accessibility
Review the errors and fix
Common pitfalls of the accessibility checker in Microsoft Word
The accessibility checker cannot determine the following elements on its own:
Canvas has a built-in checker that allows the user to run an automated check on the canvas page. This check does guarantee full accessibility and should always be used in addition to other methods found in this course.
The accessibility checker in Canvas can be a useful tool for checking color contrast, and apply table headers to content! Be sure to always manually check your Canvas page for accessibility requirements as they are easy to overlook. Remember, every Canvas page should have the following items applied: