Word 2007 Section 508 Accessibility Checklist

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Requirements for 508 compliance

Use meaningful plain language for links and/or user controls. The name must describe the destination, function, and/or purpose of the user interface. Links and controls that repeat the same name should provide a unique and specific description for each.


How to test

Do links have functional target-specific destinations?


To examine the functional target of links:

Form fields:
To check if the document is a form / contains form elements:

Note: Word is an inappropriate format for electronic forms. If found, the document needs to be in a different (accessible) format for reading.


How to fix

To provide a functional target-specific destination for links:

Note: For documents that are also intended for printing, the link/URL can also be appended at the back of the plain English name.
The same two words are at the beginning of the hyperlink, and the full web destination is supplied, also in the same hyperlink.

Note: Links and controls that repeat the same name should provide a unique and specific description for each.
In a paragraph of text, four links all say the same thing,

Form fields:

This requirement is not applicable, as Word is an inappropriate format for electronic forms.


Examples

Use programmatically discoverable headings to logically structure content.

Correct:

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A paragraph of text with four links, each of which has a unique identifier in plain English.

Incorrect:

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A paragraph of text with four links, three of which has a unique web address, but there is no link in plain English. Another link has the generic identifier of
Rationale

Use meaningful plain language for links and/or user controls. The name must describe the destination, function, and/or purpose of the user interface. Links and controls that repeat the same name should provide a unique and specific description for each.

Users need to know the unique target or function of an interface. Sometimes the name or text of the link is sufficient and/or confusing. Users will need a unique name for links and/or user controls that repeat the same name but serve different purposes (i.e. when a link 'Here' appears multiple times give the link a unique description.)

Legal References

508 references:

1194.21(d); 1194.21(f); 1194.22(a); 1194.22(l); 1194.31(a); 1194.31(b); 1194.21(c).

WCAG references:

4.1.2; 1.3.2 ; 2.4.3.

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