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Text Only Alternative (MS Word)

Background and Purpose

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 (2001) 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.

What We Do

CommonLook Office creates accessible and compliant PDF documents from the MS Word file.  No text-only alternative is necessary.

Guidelines and Standards

This checkpoint is relevant to the following regulations, guidelines and standards:

DocumentPublishedScopeConformance Criteria
Section 508 – 2001 Regulations (USA)2001“Web-Based Information & Applications”(k)
W3C WCAG 2.0
(REVISED SECTION 508 – 2017)
2008Web ContentNot Specified
Health and Human Services – HHS (USA)2013PDF File 508 ChecklistID 1.12
ISO 14289 (PDF/UA)2012PDF TechnologyNot Specified