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:
- Document that has headings applied
- Unformatted links
- Use of footnotes
- Improper use of alternate text