Accessibility Checker

If you are using Word for Office 365 you can run the Accessibility Checker before sharing your document.

Select the Review tab then Check Accessibility.

Check accessibility on review ribbon

Blackboard Ally

When you upload a Word document to Moodle, Blackboard Ally will check the accessibility of your document and provide guidance on how to fix any accessibility issues. Blackboard Ally will also provide alternative formats for Word documents.

Accessibility tips

General guidance in order to make your documents accessible to a wide audience.


  • Use Heading 1, Heading 2 etc, don't use bold to mark up your content
  • Add a table of contents and summaries to longer documents
  • Use page numbers and ensure all page numbers are in the same location


  • Keep sentences and paragraphs short
  • Use a sans serif font like Calibri, Arial or Helvetica and use a minimum size of 12 points
  • Avoid all caps and italics
  • Avoid underlining, except for links
  • Use double or 1.5 line spacing


Add meaningful hyperlink text. Links should convey clear and accurate information about the destination. 

For example, instead of linking to the text Click here, include the full title of the destination page.


  • Include alternative text with all visuals 
  • In the alt text briefly describe the image and mention the existence of the text and it's intent
  • Avoid using text in images as the sole method of conveying information. If you must use an image with text in it, repeat that text in the document. 


  • Use a simple table structure and specify column header information
  • Ensure tables don't contain split cells, merged cells or nested tables
  • Don't have any completely blank rows or columns
  • Add alt text to your table