Accessibility Checklist

The Academic Technology Center has created this checklist for you to use to quickly find possible accessibility issues in your courses.

  • All links are descriptive such as "How to edit a Word File," instead of "Click Here" or "Learn More"

  • All links are written understanding that screen readers say "link" before reading a hyperlink. "Link for Editing a word file" or "Click here for how to edit a word file" would be redundant.

  • Links that open in a new window state that they open in a new window. Ex: "How to edit a Word File (opens in new window).

  • All images have alt-tags, long description, caption, or audio description. eLearning automatically asks you to type in "Alternative Text" for any image you upload into it. As long as you add descriptive text here you are good to go!

  • Alt tag does not include “image of.” Screen readers say "image" before reading the alt tag of an image file. How to Add Alt Text to an Image in Word. (Opens in New Window)

  • Every image must have a transcript of the text information included in it.

  • Every video image must have a text transcript of audio information covered in it. This can be captions or a text transcript file
  • All PDFs that contain text are not merely image scans; any text contained in PDFs are searchable and selectable


  • Word files use styles to describe different text content not bold or italics. Applying Styles in Word. This is the same inside of eLearning, you will use the "Format" drop down menu to choose from "Paragraph" for regular size text and six different heading options that will make your text different sizes as needed. Keep heading tags in logical order: Title, Heading 1, Heading 2, Heading 3, etc.

  • Text meaning is not conveyed through being able to perceive different colors. You would be using styles to convey meaning instead of color, just like you would use for bold or italics.


  • All tables are set up with headings for columns and rows. Allowing screen readers to parse the content correctly to students.

All tables have a caption describing what it is a table of.  Creating Accessible Tables in Word (Opens in New Window)