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Accessibility Summary: Dos and Don’ts

Accessibility Summary: Dos and Don’ts

This article provides Instructors with an at-a-glance summary of the Do’s and Don’ts associated with creating a more accessible Brightspace experience for all learners.


  • Use heading styles in Word and Brightspace
  • If you must use tables, try to create a table with a simple structure
  • Add titles to slides
    • Use at least 30-point font for presentations
  • Create alt (alternative) text for images and print/digital documents this allows a screen reader to provide a description to learners
    • Use captions for images and print/digital documents
    • If you include a complex image, ensure you provide learners with a descriptive document in addition to the image
  • Use colour combinations that have high contrast (such as black text on a white background) to help learners easily distinguish the text from the background
  • In addition to colour, consider using different shapes, line types, and text to help learners distinguish the data in a graph
  • Avoid PDFs that are not tagged when possible; HTML is more accessible (Word is also acceptable)
    • Tagging within a PDF creates an additional layer of information that screen readers can detect
  • Use the Accessibility Checker built into Brightspace to assist in determining if and where your accessibility issues are
  • Use accessible fonts: (Sans serif fonts work best); Arial and Verdana (at lease a 12-point size) work well


  • Overuse headings (or avoid using them altogether)
  • Use text boxes in a Word document
  • Use tables as part of your page design or layout
  • Leave blank cells in tables: this can mislead a learner by making it appear that there is no content left in the table
  • Avoid titles: this makes the material more navigate
  • Use colours or pictures as the only way to describe/explain your concept
  • Use PDF documents if alternatives are available

From Algonquin College Accessibility Resources: Download Quick Tips on How to Create Accessible Documents in Microsoft Office and Adobe Acrobat
Consult Algonquin College’s Resources for Creating Accessible Documents page

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