This list has been designed to assist you during the creation of a learning resource. You will need to use your own judgement about what is or isn’t appropriate, as this will change depending on your particular context.


  • Text is size 12 or 14 with larger headings.
  • Sans serif font used (Arial, Verdana, Comic Sans).
  • Text colour not used to convey meaning.
  • Contrast is high between the colour of the text and the background.
  • No underlined text or italics.


  • Styles have been used to identify headings
  • Headings within document have been replicated in navigation panel.
  • Text is aligned to the left.
  • 1.5 line spacing used.


  • Meaningful text is used for hyperlinks/web links.
  • Screen tips have been added to links.

Images, tables, graphs and charts

  • Appropriate alternative text has been added to images, graphs, charts and tables.
  • Images have been added in line with text.
  • Images do not contain text that is not provided elsewhere.
  • Tables have a simple structure with column and row headers identified.
  • Charts and graphs need to avoid the use of green, red or pink.

Audio and Video

  • Audio linked to or contained within the document has transcript available.
  • Video linked to from the document has transcript or closed captioning available for audio.

Final Checks

  • The accessibility checker in Office 2010 has found no accessibility issues.


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