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Softek Services, Inc.
1156 15th Street, NW, Suite 100
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 747-5000

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Making Your Files 508 Compliant

1 Day, 9:00-4:00, 6 Hours

This instructor-led, hands-on course teaches the essential skills necessary to work with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Adobe PDF files to make them 508 compliant.  In order to successfully complete this course, you should be familiar with Microsoft Office applications and Adobe Acrobat. 

Course objectives:

  • Understand requirements for making documents accessible
  • Make Word, PowerPoint, Excel and PDF files 508 compliant
  • Embed structural tags, add alternative text descriptions of graphic elements, and set document properties for compliancy
  • Overview of Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)

What is Section 508 and Why is it Important?

  • Understanding Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act
  • Why is Section 508 Important?
  • Identifying Accessibility Features in Windows
  • Observing 508 Compliance Requirements

Making Microsoft Office Files Compliant

  • Producing Accessible Documents
  • Creating Microsoft Word 508 Compliant Documents
  • Generating a Structured Document
  • Formatting and Styling
  • Providing Descriptive Alternative Text for Images
  • Creating 508 Compliance Tables in Word
  • Using Accessibility Checker
  • Checklist for Making an Accessible Word Documents
  • Creating Microsoft Excel 508 Compliant Workbooks
  • Specifying Column Header Information in Excel Tables
  • Excel Requirements Checklist
  • Document Layout and Formatting Guidelines
  • Document Images Guidelines
  • Document Tables Guidelines
  • Additional Requirements Guidelines
  • Creating Microsoft PowerPoint 508 Compliant Presentations
  • Designing PowerPoint Presentations
  • Checking PowerPoint Content Order

Using Adobe Acrobat to Make PDFs Compliant

  • Introducing PDFs and Accessibility
  • Understanding Characteristics of an Accessible PDF Document
  • Using Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader Accessibility Features



Using Adobe Acrobat to Make PDFs Compliant (Continued)

  • Types of PDF Files
  • Tagging PDFs to Make Accessible
  • Converting from .docx (or .doc) to .pdf
  • Step-by-Step
  • Set Conversion Settings in Microsoft Word
  • Checking PDFs for Compliance
  • Employing Quick Check
  • Accessing Full Check
  • Checking the Reading Order
  • Reviewing and Rearranging the Reading Order
  • Ensuring Figures are Tagged Correctly and Have Alternative Text
  • Reviewing Tables to Ensure They are Interpreted Correctly
  • Additional Validation Techniques
  • Redacting Information from a PDF
  • Removing Hidden Information
  • Sanitizing Documents

Overview of Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)

  • What is WCAG 2.0?
  • Who is WCAG For?
  • What is in WCAG 2.0?
  • Understanding the Four Principles of Accessibility
  • Understanding Conformance
  • How to Meet WCAG 2.0
  • Techniques for WCAG 2.0
  • Understanding WCAG 2.0
  • Side-by-Side WCAG vs. 508



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Is this the right course for you? Please contact our office at (202) 747-5000 if you have any questions.

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Public Class

$325 per student
Or one voucher

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Private Group Classes

Conducted at Your Office

$1400 flat fee for up to 8 students
$1600 flat fee for up to 12 students
$100 per additional student

Conducted at Softek’s Facility

$1550 flat fee for up to 8 students
$1750 flat fee for up to 12 students
$100 per additional student

Have more or fewer students? Or, need to schedule more than one training day? Fill out our quote request form for a price quote based on your training needs. 

Why choose Softek?

  • Live, in-person training
  • Instructors with 10+ years of experience
  • Detailed training guide
  • Certificate of completion
  • Money-back guarantee