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Microsoft PowerPoint is without a doubt the preferred presentation format for all of us. The question is whether or not the PowerPoint slides are accessible to people with disabilities who use screen readers and assistive technology. Microsoft PowerPoint includes accessibility support, but it is up to us as content creators to ensure that our PowerPoint Presentations are accessible. Microsoft PowerPoint is used to create a variety of documents.

We use Microsoft PowerPoint to create presentations for

training manual


teaching material

Teaching Materials

class room


product demonstrations

Product Demonstrations

corporate presentations

Corporate Presentations

What steps should we take to make Microsoft PowerPoint presentations more accessible?

To create accessible Microsoft PowerPoint presentations, we must ensure that the content is properly formatted and that accessibility techniques are used. A normal PowerPoint presentation can be difficult to read for someone who uses assistive technology or a screen reader. Using accessibility techniques in Microsoft PowerPoint ensures that the presentation is usable and accessible to people with disabilities.

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ppt accessibility

What are the methods for making a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation accessible?

To meet accessibility standards, a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation must be formatted. In addition, we may need to make certain information available in order to make the document accessible to assistive technology and screen readers. Some of the techniques that would be used include:

  • Customize the Slide Title
  • Highlight the document's language and content
  • Determine the proper reading order
  • Make a note of the lists
  • Configure the column and row headers for tables
  • Create bookmarks
  • Enhance the colour contrast of textual content (optional)

Aside from these methods, Coherent Art Studio also:

  • Creates image descriptions
  • Ensures that MathML content and equations are accessible

To what standards does Accessible PowerPoint adhere?

To make Microsoft PowerPoint presentations accessible, we use the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 and 2.0, as well as the Microsoft PowerPoint Accessibility best practises.

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ppt accessibility

How can we make sure the PowerPoint presentation is accessible?

We take quality very seriously at Coherent Art Studio. With WCAG 2.1 and 2.0 expertise, we not only test using the Microsoft PowerPoint Accessibility Checker, but we also ensure that a manual quality check is thoroughly implemented on the content. Furthermore, all of our documents are tested by a Screen Reader User to ensure that they go above and beyond compliance and are accessible to people with disabilities.

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