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Re: Controlling Heading tags in PowerPoint


From: Chagnon | PubCom
Date: Jan 26, 2015 4:05PM

It sounds like a review of how to make PPT files accessible would help you keep the headings straight. Microsoft has decent guidance here: https://support.office.microsoft.com/en-us/article/Creating-accessible-PowerPoint-presentations-6f7772b2-2f33-4bd2-8ca7-dae3b2b3ef25

The basic guidelines are:
Use a template for all PPTs, whether it's a built-in template or a customized one. Templates control a good deal of the accessibility.
Use the placeholders for your content. Don't go add an random object to a slide.
The slide title placeholder automatically becomes H1.
I know there are obstacles for creating accessible PDFs from Mac/Word, but is that the same case for Mac/PowerPoint? You might have to migrate to Windows.

If you need to do that much fixing in Acrobat, then you really should build a better template, one that meets your presentation needs as well as your accessibility requirements. Not tough to do, but it does have a learning curve.

--Bevi Chagnon

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