Text Only Alternative (MS Word)
This checkpoint was originally created so that if a web page or document could not be made accessible then there would be a text only alternative provided to convey the information on that webpage or in that document. In addition, while PDF documents are not commonly edited, U.S. Section 508 guidelines state that if a text only alternative of a webpage (or document) is provided, then if/when the webpage (or document) is changed or updated, the text only alternative must be updated as well.
CommonLook Office GlobalAccess creates accessible and compliant PDF documents from the MS Word file. No text only alternative is necessary.
This checkpoint is relevant to the following regulations, guidelines and standards:
|Section 508 – 2001 Regulations (USA)||2001||“Web-Based Information & Applications”||(k)|
|W3C WCAG 2.0||2008||Web Content||Not Specified|
|Health and Human Services – HHS (USA)||2013||PDF File 508 Checklist||ID 1.12|
|ISO 14289 (PDF/UA)||2012||PDF Technology||Not Specified|
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