While the primary focus of the SOAP site is to help you make Web sites and dynamic applications accessible, it is crucial to make documents posted online accessible, too. Often, these documents contain important instructions, policies, guidelines, or forms that are intended to be downloaded and reviewed/completed offline.
As with web sites, it is much easier to create accessible documents, from the start, than it it is to fix them once they have been posted (and perhaps even re-posted elsewhere).
As you might expect, typical accessibility-related concepts applied to web sites also apply to documents. What differs, when working with Microsoft documents or Adobe files, is how you will use these tools to assure the best reading and form-completion experiences for all.
Please keep these ideas in mind:
Many resources are available to teach you how to create accessible documents, including those for Office, linked from the Accessibility in Microsoft Products page. The Adobe Accessibility site will also be helpful.
The Office of Accessible Education offers the Stanford Converter into Braille and E-Text (SCRIBE) free for those with a Stanford email account. SCRIBE converts documents into alternative, accessible versions with the results e-mailed to your Stanford account. Additional information is available for conversion options and best practices.
Please note - a valid Stanford email account is required for use with the SCRIBE converter.