20 Tarjan Center Accessibility Guidelines – DRAFT (May 2015)
table’s background color (e.g., white on white) so that they
can be read by screen readers but are invisible otherwise.
• Do not merge or split cells. This makes navigating tables
with assistance technologies difficult. Keep cells simple
• Give your sheet tabs unique names to make it easier to
move through your Excel workbook.
• Include alternate formats for multimedia if any audio or
video components are included in the worksheet.
• Check accessibility via Microsoft Office’s Accessibility
Checker (for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)
. Consider that
charts included in reports, publications, PowerPoints, and
presentations that are posted online should be accessible
to people with visual disabilities.
PowerPoints and Presentations
Consider that every aspect of a dynamic PowerPoint – its text,
graphics, tables, charts, videos, audio – should be accessible to
all. Consider readability and color contrast for your slides,
particularly if they will be presented at live events where people
will be seeing them from a distance. (Guidelines, resources, and
sample templates for accessible PowerPoints and Presentations
are available from the American Public Health Association at