Accessibility has become an increasingly important topic in web design and development. An enormous effort has been made into making the TU website accessible and compliant with Section 508 of the US Rehabilitation Act. Below are various self-help documents dealing with making content accessible for publishing to the web.

Accessibility: Quick Reference Guide (PDF)
This quick reference guide will step you through how to make a Word document PDF accessible. Topics include alt text, headers, styles, images, objects, text box and caption wrapping, tables and hyperlinks.

Accessibility: Creating Accessible PDFs Using Word (docx)
Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act requires that federal agencies’ electronic and information technology be accessible to people with disabilities. Towson University is committed to aligning documentation to the same standards set for the Federal Government. In this self-help document, you will learn how to take create accessible PDFs using Word.

Accessibility: Microsoft Word Accessibility Checklist (PDF)
This checklist is a guide for making a Word document accessible, in preparation for converting it into an accessible PDF document.

Accessibility: Evaluating Accessibility Reports (PDF)
All website owners will receive a website accessibility report via email on a quarterly basis. This report will highlight any accessibility issues with the content on sites they are responsible for. This self-help document will step you through how to interpret the results of the report and to fix some of the more common accessibility issues found on websites.

Closed Captioning: Style Guide (PDF)
This document defines the rules of closed captioning as designated by the Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP) which is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and administered by the National Association for the Deaf.

Captioning & Transcription Overview (PDF)
There are a variety of terms associated with captioning and transcription. In this self-help document, you will gain an understanding of the terminology and definitions surrounding this topic. You will also learn how to use the built-in captioning/transcription tools available in Webex. 


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