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Designing accessible documents in Word

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University Library
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Online via Zoom – link to be announced

Reading is one of the oldest and most important cultural skills, and access to literature is fundamental to social and cultural inclusion.

Blind and visually impaired people cannot read normal print without aids (screen readers, electronic Braille displays, digital speech output); texts for this group of people must therefore be made accessible tactilely and acoustically.

The goal of accessible word processing is to allow blind people to navigate a document using the keyboard and not withhold any information. The document must be structured in logical reading order; all characters and images are encoded for the computer as Unicode text and annotated with a text equivalent.

The course is aimed at all text producers at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and the interested public.


Monolingual format (German); with Patrizia Wiesner-Ledermann.

Minimum 5, maximum 25 participants | Registration required:


In the course of its Teaching Library Program WissensWert [worth knowing], the University Library of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna offers introductory courses, seminars and events in order to impart information literacy.

The program comprises introductory courses for new students on how to use the library as well as expert trainings in e-media research. These courses focus on accessing, evaluating, and processing information, and on how to handle such information responsibly. Why can we use many databases free of charge; (how) is information evaluated; what does peer-reviewed mean, and what is an impact factor (IF); why is Google so popular and what dangers lurk there? The programs are tailored to the respective target audiences, and scripts are provided to enable participants to deepen their knowledge through self-study. The aim is to equip course participants with the abilities and skills they require to cope with the demands of our information society.