My UDAL tip of the month

My UDAL tip of the month is the type of writing I like to do. I like to learn to use tools and help others to use them well, for the benefit of as many people as possible. I believe in content that is accessible to all, or at least to most people regardless of ability or learning preference. Universal Design for Active Learning (UDAL) is UW Bothell Universal Design initiative to promote awareness of universal accessibility and support student learning and engagement. We have a core group of people at UW Bothell from IT, Disability Resources for Student and Advancement who meet and discuss ways to spread awareness and make our campus better. At UW Bothell we have such wonderful people and culture, which remind me everyday how thankful I am to be here and be part of it.

I am in academia because I love making a positive difference. I love seeing the expressions of people when long awaited understanding finally arrive, feel the awe when achievement of a goal is accomplished. My hope is that the little tidbits I find and share are helpful to others.

Maximize Readability and Consistent Look/Feel in Documents

One of the ways to maximize readability and consistency in documents is by using built-in styles instead of just manually adding emphasis and changing font sizes. Whether you are creating a document in MS Office Word or in Canvas, heading levels, bullets and numbered lists provide an easy way to make your document readable, consistent and accessible to screen readers.

Some commonly used styles are:

  • Heading levels are marked as H1, H2, H3, etc. – These mark sections according to its order level within the document.
  • Bulleted lists – Used for unordered items
  • Numbered lists – Used for ordered items

Styles in MS Word

Styles, bulleted and numbered lists are located in the ribbon under the Home tab.

Ribbon - Home Tab - Styles in Microsoft Word 2016

Styles in Canvas

Style and formatting options are located in the Rich Text Editor. Header levels start at H2 because the name of the document is already set at H1 and are located under Paragraph drop-down menu.

Rich Text Editor Styles and sample formatted text

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