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Introduction to Digital Document Accessibility with Karin Carlson

February 13 from 3:30 am - 10:30 am

Nearly one in six Manitobans has a disability, which creates barriers where they work, live and play. It is easy to take simple things like accessing a document or form for granted, but these barriers to accessibility are a real and constant challenge for people with disabilities. Accessible documents and forms required under the Accessibility for Manitobans Act (AMA), so learning how to create them is a crucial skill.

New Media Manitoba and TechManitoba are partnering to bring you this important and timely workshop. In this two-day workshop, participants will learn the process of creating documents that meet provincial accessibility requirements using both Adobe InDesign and Acrobat.

The Province of Manitoba is committed to becoming a more inclusive society. The Accessibility for Manitobans Act (AMA) outlines a clear and proactive process to identify and prevent obstacles in critical areas of daily living. This includes removing barriers for accessing information online and with digital documents.

With this goal in mind, it is imperative that we learn how to meet these standards when creating digital documents. It is easy to take viewing a simple document for granted, but imagine how someone with a visual impairment might be excluded from this potentially critical task. The Province has produced evolving guidelines and best practices around accessibility requirements, which can be a challenge to implement. This workshop will guide you through the process and let you meet and exceed requirements and create more inclusive experiences in the process.

 Learning Outcomes:

  • InDesign Techniques For Accessible PDF Files
  • Importing from Word
  • Document metadata
  • Paragraph styles
  • Mapping Styles to Tags with Export Tagging
  • Review the Styles in the InDesign Document
  • Creating a Table of Contents to add PDF Bookmarks
  • Content on the Master Pages and Artifacts
  • Anchoring images
  • Adding custom alternative text to images
  • Using Alt text from Bridge
  • Artifacting graphic objects
  • Numbered and bulleted lists
  • Using the Articles Panel to Adjust Reading Order
  • PDF bookmarks
  • Interactive hyperlinks and cross-references
  • Making Tables Accessible
  • Creating Accessible Forms
  • Create an Accessible PDF file from InDesign with Export
  • Adjusting Adobe Acrobat Presets
  • Color contrast (text) and use of color
  • Anchoring images

Requirements: Participants should have basic computer literacy and understand file system navigation. Experience with InDesign and Acrobat is not required but would be beneficial.

Presenter Bio

Karin Carlson MCT (Microsoft Certified Trainer) is a sought-after trainer and consultant who specializes in website and application accessibility. She has performed accessibility testing and classroom instruction for clients in the United States and Canada since shortly after the release of WAI-ARIA and HTML5 in 2014. Karin’s accessibility work blends her 20+ years of software training with her website development background. She loves helping others make their content more accessible so it can be enjoyed by more people, and says that it provides her with a deep sense of purpose and satisfaction.


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