a sense of style

One of the most important things you can do to write accessible documents is to use Styles.

Styles allows you to set up a collection of fonts and settings for your text, headings, bullets and more. They do take a few minutes to set up, but you can then use them as a short cut to format your text, ensuring consistency throughout your document.

Styles are available in most word processing (document creation) programs and are super easy to find in Microsoft Word – where they sit toward the right of your Home tab in the ‘ribbon’ across the top of Word. You can find out more about how to use Styles on the Microsoft website.

Using Styles correctly – especially ensuring you use Heading styles in the correct order from 1 descending – allows you to build useful Contents lists, as well as enabling screen readers to read your text in a logical order for blind and vision impaired people.

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