STC WDCB Chapter Event
Location: Rockville Library
This mini-workshop will present an overview of how to prepare documents using Microsoft Word, Adobe FrameMaker, and Adobe Acrobat that all people can read, even those people who rely on screen readers. The United States government made this a requirement for federal agencies in 1998 when Congress passed Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. All document designers have the opportunity to increase the readership of their documents, even if they aren’t compelled to do so by law. Adding alternate text, adding basic structure to your documents, and setting simple options provided by authoring tools are things we all can do to improve the accessibility of our documents.
By the end of this mini-workshop you will have begun to understand how to set up your source documents in Microsoft Word or Adobe FrameMaker to support accessibility, create an accessible PDF using either tool, check for accessibility in Adobe Acrobat, and fix accessibility problems in your PDF.
You will receive a handout that summarizes the procedures introduced in class.
Technical writers and documentation specialists working in any industry who use Word, FrameMaker, and Acrobat to create documents. Note: This class will not explain Section 508. For more information about Section 508 requirements, see the official Section 508 website and other resources that will be shared in class.
- 10:00-10:15 a.m. Registration and refreshments (bagels and juice will be provided)
- 10:15-11:00 a.m. Workshop Part 1: Document preparation in Word and FrameMaker; creating the PDF (speaker: Carolyn Kelley Klinger)
- 11:00-11:45 a.m. Workshop Part 2: Checking for and fixing accessibility problems in your PDF (speaker: Dona Patrick)
- 11:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Q&A
About the Speakers
Bagels and juice
Metro: Take the Red Line to Rockville. Cross Route 355 at East Middle Lane, or you may take the Pedestrian bridge at the Metro stop. (If you take the Pedestrian Overpass, turn right on Monroe Street and continue to East Middle Lane.) Continue on East Middle Lane to Maryland Avenue. Turn right onto Maryland Avenue. The library is on the plaza on your left at 21 Maryland Avenue.
We will be in the first floor meeting room.
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Although the library is close to the Rockville Metro station, plenty of parking is available near the library. Parking in the Town Square Garage across the street from the library is free on Saturdays.