CommonLook Office GlobalAccess Features

Accessible PDF documents and forms

Accessibility Compliance from Word and PowerPoint

A companion to the core Microsoft Office writing tools, CommonLook Office GlobalAccess makes it easy for any user to create accessible, Section 508, HHS, WCAG 2.0 AA, and/or PDF/UA compliant PDF documents directly from Microsoft Word or PowerPoint 2007, 2010 or 2013.

No prior knowledge of accessibility or specific conformance standards is required. CommonLook Office GlobalAccess presents simple instructions to guide the user through every accessibility checkpoint relevant to the document.

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CommonLook Office GlobalAccess FeaturesCommonLook Office GlobalAccess Benefits
  • Support for MS Word & MS PowerPoint
    Create Accessible PDF files from both of Microsoft’s most popular authoring applications
  • Step-by-Step Simplicity
    Move through checkpoints in order, then make an accessible PDF
  • Comprehensive Preparation
    Content preparation checkpoints for (almost) any situation
  • Complete Verification
    Detailed coverage of all conformance criteria for the chosen standard
  • Style Mapping
    Manage style usage and mapping to PDF tags
  • Table Formatting
    Manage simple, complex, and presentation tables
  • Allows users to create documents that conform to a variety of standards 
    Choose from Section 508, HHS, WCAG 2.0 AA or PDF U/A when verifying documents
  • Upgraded User Interface
    Improved checkpoints and all-new documentation
  • Easy to Use
    Identifies and helps correct accessibility compliance problems quickly and easily, automating most tasks
  • Fast & Efficient Without Sacrificing Quality
    Stop only when attention is required; typical 5 page documents take under 5 minutes
  • Reduces Compliance Costs
    Lowers the quantity, complexity, and expense of  accessibility repairs to existing documents
  • Improves Compliance Overall
    Accessibility awareness enters the writing process
  • Methodical Yet Flexible
    Easy for beginners with immediate results, power tools for advanced users
  • Proven Effective
    CommonLook Office has been producing accessible PDF files around the world since 2009 – Now, CommonLook Office GlobalAccess makes this process even easier
  • A Key Role in Your Accessibility Strategy
    Regardless of your required standard of conformance, CommonLook Office GlobalAccess has you covered

“CommonLook Office… eliminates any excuses of time, deadlines, or complexity that have been used for not creating accessible PDF up to now.”
– Peter Abrahams, Practice Leader – Accessibility and Usability, Bloor Research. Read his complete review!

CommonLook Office GlobalAccess goes far beyond the native PDF creation capabilities in Word, PowerPoint or Acrobat. See our comparison of creation options for PDF accessibility for more information.

System Requirements

CommonLook Office requires the following:

  • MS Word 2007, MS Word 2010, MS Word 2013, & MS Word 2016 (32 and 64 bit)
  • MS PowerPoint 2007, MS PowerPoint 2010, MS PowerPoint 2013, & MS PowerPoint 2016 (32 and 64 bit)
  • Windows Operating System: Windows 10, 8,7, Vista or XP
  • Internet Browser: Internet Explorer 9.0 or later required

For Our Federal Customers…

Our GSA schedule contract number is GS-35F-0161V. You may download our GSA Catalog from the GSA Advantage website or download CommonLook’s VPAT for CommonLook Office.

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