Running Accessibility Checker
Microsoft Word has a built-in accessibility checker you can use to pinpoint areas that may have issues. And while it works great in detecting issues with graphics, tables and hyperlinks, what it doesn’t do is verify your use of headings and whether you need them. In fact, the only errors/warnings I’ve come across for headings are those that say your heading text is too long.
- Click FILE in the upper tab menu.
- Select INFO if not already selected.
- Click the CHECK FOR ISSUES button next to Inspect Document.
- Choose CHECK ACCESSIBILITY from the drop-down menu.
- Word will run the checker and display the results in the Accessibility Checker pane on the far right of your display.
Items are grouped according to issue (Missing Alt Text, Missing Slide Title, etc..)
- Selecting an item from the list will automatically take you to the issue in your document and select the item in question.
- Fixing the issue will automatically remove the item from the errors list.