Accessibility Guide for OER



Checklist for OER Accessibility

Perform an Accessibility Review

If creating documents in Microsoft Word, click on the Review toolbar, click on Check Accessibility, and perform an accessibility check. Microsoft will inspect for issues that make documents inaccessible for all users, and you can implement those suggestions.

Organizing Content

Contents is organized under headings and subheadings

Headings and subheadings are used sequentially (e.g. Heading 1, heading 2, etc)


Images that convey information include Alternative Text (alt-text) descriptions of the image’s content or function.

Graphs, Charts, and Maps also include contextual or supporting details in the text surrounding the image.

Images do not rely on color to convey information.

Images that are purely decorative contain empty alternative text descriptions. (Descriptive text is unnecessary if the image doesn’t convey contextual content information).


Tables include row and column headers.

Table includes title or caption.

Table does not have merged or split cells.

Table has adequate cell padding.


The weblink is meaningful in context, does not use generic text such as “click here” or “read more”.

Weblinks do not open new windows or tabs.

If weblink must open in a new window, a textual reference is included in the link information.


A transcript has been made available for a multimedia resource that includes audio narration or instruction. Transcript includes:

Speaker’s name

All speech content

Relevant descriptions of speech

Descriptions of relevant non-speech audio

Headings and subheadings

Captions of all speech content and relevant non-speech content are included in the multimedia resource that includes audio synchronized with a video presentation.

Audio descriptions of contextual visuals (graphs, charts, etc) are included in the multimedia resource.


Formulas have been created using MathML.

Formulas are images with alternative text descriptions, if MathML is not an option.

Font Size

Font size is 12 point or higher for body text.

Font size is 9 point for footnotes or end notes.

Font size can be zoomed to 200%.

This checklist was adapted from the OER Accessibility Checklist, published by Open BC through the University of British Columbia. Source

Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.


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