Word 2007 Section 508 Accessibility Checklist

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Requirements for 508 compliance

Set the document title attribute in the document properties.


How to test

Does the Title Metadata property match the document title?

To examine the title field:


How to fix

To set the Document Properties:


Examples

Set the document title attribute in the document properties.

Correct:

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The document properties panel has the title field matching the documnet title, and not the document file name. The author's name and the other relevant fields are filled in.

Incorrect:

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The document properties panel has a blank title field, and the author's name is in code. The other fields are blank.
Rationale

Set the document title attribute in the document properties.

File names often contain abstract code that confuses users about the purpose of the document. When a document is first opened, screen readers will convey the title rather than the filename when a document title is set in the document properties. Consider adding other document attributes that can assist users as well (author, keywords, organization, etc.) . Match the text in the title attribute to the full title used in the main body of the document.

Legal References

508 references:

1194.21(d); 1194.31(a); 1194.31(b).

WCAG references:

2.4.2.

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