Accessible Documents (Further Course)

Target Groups and Required Skills

The main target audience of the course are authors of electronic documents. Amongst others, we are going to acquire the staff of the Technische Universität Dresden (TUD), students of lectures of the TUD, the vocational training centre Würzburg, as well as teachers and students of the University of Hamburg.

Learning Platform

The Moodle platform at the Johannes Kepler Universität Linz.

Course Duration and Efforts

The course starts on 10 April 2017 and runs for three weeks. Participants are expected to invest 3 hours per week for reading and completing exercises. An instructor will be available throughout that period.

Short Description

In the course Accessible Documents you learn the basics in creating accessible Word documents. Moreover, we dive into details how to create a good image description, forms and we introduce special document formats and contents such digital talking books (DAISY), accessible music, mathematics and plain language.

Long Description

In the introduction of the course Accessible documents, different people will talk about their actual work with document formats and the necessity and hurdle of accessibility in this field. In particular, we talk about accessible documents in education and higher education. Moreover, we introduce special document formats and contents such digital talking books (DAISY), accessible music, mathematics and plain language. In week 2 of the course, you will learn to create accessible Word documents from scratch. Format templates will be the starting point followed by explaining structural document elements such as headings, text paragraphs, tables and links. By the end of the week we will show how to create a PDF from Word and how to check the accessibility with Pave. Image descriptions are crucial with regard to accessibility. For that reason, creating good image descriptions will be the topic of week 3. You will learn and train creating descriptions in a practical and simple manner.

Course Team

Claudia Loitsch, Gerhard Weber, Jens Voegler (Technische Universität Dresden).

Anja Fibich (visiting scientist, DVBS Marburg).

Course Structure

  • Introduction to and overview on accessible audio books, accessible music, and math.
  • Creating accessible Word documents for export to accessible PDF
  • Describing images


No certification is planned.

How to Register

Registering for the course requires the following steps:

  1. Go to the learning platform (Moodle) at
  2. Click “Log in” to access the log-in page. If you don’t have an account yet, go to “Create new account”. On the “New account” page, fill in all the details required to create an account (except for city/town and country, all form fields are obligatory) and submit the form. You will then receive a confirmation e-mail at the e-mail address you provided in the form.
  3. The confirmation e-mail will contain a link that will confirm your registration and take you to your “dashboard” on Moodle. You can then go to the “Courses” page and select “Accessible Documents”. Self-enrolment will open on Monday 10 April. You will then need the access key Moocap_49 to access the course.

Open Educational Resources

The content from this course is available as a set of open education resources.