An accessible document allows people with disabilities such as low to no vision to be able to read the document’s content.
We recommend following the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) to help you make your document more accessible. Here are some basic guidelines for you to consider in your document while using the Workiva platform.
Export to PDF
When exporting to PDF, check the Tag for Web Accessibility box in the PDF options list. This adds tags to the generated PDF. This does not necessarily ensure complete compliance, but it covers most cases. We recommend you to review and customize the tagging to ensure the level of compliance.
Workiva can save you tagging time and effort, but please review your work to ensure the output meets regulatory requirements. Learn more on how to export to PDF.
Headings and text
Exported PDFs need to have complex tags intact from Workiva. This includes multiple heading levels (H1-H6), list tags (lists, list items, list labels, list body), table of contents, etc. to be fully WCAG 2.1 AA compliant upon export.
Images and alt-text
Images must have an alt-text figure that export to PDF.
All colors must pass the WCAG accessibility test. As you format your document, keep track of this. PDF exports keep your exact color selections.
Charts need to accommodate some graphic configurations to be more accessible. Specifically, white lines separating elements on a stacked bar or a donut chart. You can achieve this by adding a white border to the slices or bars. To learn more on how to add chart borders, see Customize Chart Appearance.