Word 2007 Section 508 Accessibility Checklist

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Requirements for 508 compliance

Use programmatically discoverable headings to logically structure content


How to test

Are heading styles used to logically divide and structure the document?


To check that all headings are marked:


How to fix

To set headings programmatically:

Tip: The Navigation Pane can be used to visualize Heading settings while they are being set: On the View Tab, in the Show Group, Select Document Pane.

Selecting the Navigation Pane checkbox


Examples

Use programmatically discoverable headings to logically structure content.

Correct:

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A report excerpt is shown. The Navigation Pane also shows, with all of the document's headings and their hierarchy set.

Incorrect:

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A report excerpt is shown. The Navigation Pane also shows, but the heading selected on the report page does not show in the Navigation Pane.
Rationale

Use programmatically discoverable headings to logically structure content.

The use of styles and/or other programming allows keyboard-only and assistive technology users to navigate content. Applying bigger fonts, bold, underline, italic etc. does not programmatically set text as a heading.

Legal References

508 references:

1194.21(a); 1194.21(d); 1194.22(o); 1194.31(a); 1194.31(b); 1194.31(f).

WCAG references:

1.3.1 ; 2.1.1; 2.4.6 ; WCAG-AAA: 2.4.10 Section Headings.

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