Do Your Accessible Formats Have Style?
December 14, 2018
Styles make it quicker to create the document, makes
a more consistent, finished article and allows more resilient editing since
contents, referencing and heading changes can all be done automatically. There
is also the advantage that heading levels, etc, are not language-specific so even
translation into other languages is more straightforward. However, far fewer
people are aware that, rather than making a document more complicated, styles make
a document very VI-friendly.
Firstly, styled documents make conversion to
large print very simple. Once the font size is increased in the underlying
style, other amendments including the list of contents happen simultaneously,
so only a quick check for changed page breaks is required. This makes life
easier for transcribers producing hard copies as well as making it easier for
an end user to reformat a document they have received electronically.
Secondly, styles are generally compatible with
Braille transcription software which reduces the origination time required and
thereby the cost!
Finally, styled documents are far easier for
screen readers and other assistance technology to navigate when sent electronically
to the end user. This allows the visually impaired person to easily find the
information they need or are most interested in within the document. Making a
document that's easy to navigate is very simple but makes a really big
difference to the end user.
So, what's stopping you getting stylish…?