To ensure your book is compliant, there are a few things to keep in mind as you develop your content.
- Ensure tables are created using the table tool in Microsoft Word, which allows screen readers to understand and properly read the data in the appropriate syntax.
- Use numbered lists and bulleted lists appropriately. Numbered lists should be used for content that is ordered, such as procedural steps. Bulleted lists should be used for content that is unordered, such as a list of features.
- Employ a logical structure to your headings. Main headings should be followed by subheadings, then by sub-subheadings, etc. When utilizing a word processing software’s automatic style functions, headings should not skip levels simply for design purposes.
- Use character styles appropriately. Boldface and italic text may be read by a screen reader in a different tone (with strong or emphatic vocalizations) to signal to a student that emphasis was placed on the content. However, underlining is not easily interpreted by screen readers and should be avoided.