Please report physical, electronic, or programmatic access barriers. These include any barriers that interfere with equal participation in any University of Montana programs and facilities.
Creating Accessible Documents
All electronic documents—including word processing documents, PDFs, presentations, publications, and spreadsheets—created or distributed by UM employees must be accessible. Ensure that your document is readable by following these steps:
- "True" Text (not images of text)
- Alternative text for images
- Self-describing links
- Properly formatted lists
When creating a hyperlink in your document, use text that describes what users will see when they click on it. Never use "Click Here," "Here," or long URLs.
Screen reader users can pull up a list of links on a page and navigate through that list using the descriptive link text alone. Links like "click here" and "more" are meaningless out of context.
Tables in documents are useful for communicating relationships between data, especially when those relationships are best expressed in rows and columns. Tables should not be used to control layout of the document.
If your data can be presented in a bulleted or numbered list, use a list instead of a table. If your data is best presented in a table, try to keep the table simple. If the table is complex, consider whether you could divide it into multiple smaller tables with a heading above each.
Be sure to clearly identify column and row headings in your tables.
People who are color-blind or have low vision or other print disabilities may not be able to perceive certain colors. Information should not be conveyed solely through color; text, shapes, patterns, or other visual indicators should be used in addition to color to convey information. Color should provide sufficient contrast.