Data Visualization Toolkit: Presentations Accessibility Tips

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Creating a presentation is an effective way to tell a story with data and display information to accompany a speech or a longer text report. Presentations are typically created using slideshow tools, but they can also be generated using print media or audio and video. Described here are presentation tools that create or support slideshows and video presentations.

Presentations Accessibility Tips

  • All images, including maps, should have alt text (alternative text) that describes the nature or content of the image. When writing alternative text for informative graphics in your presentation, make sure to consider context and audience. Alternative text should also be concise and objective, yet it should convey all of the information being conveyed through the image alone.
  • Avoid having flashing/flickering or animated text.
  • Make sure that multiple associated images on the same page are grouped as one object.
  • All hyperlinks should display the fully qualified URL e.g., http://www.va.gov, not www.va.gov.
  • Choose a slide layout from the provided options. Inserting your own text boxes may confuse the order for a screen reader.
  • Follow accessibility guidance for charts, data tables, color, and other figures included in your presentation.

For more information on making presentations accessible see the PowerPoint Document 508 Checklist and an article on PowerPoint Accessibility by Web Accessibility in Mind (WebAIM).