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Moodle accessibility quick guide

Accessibility Guidance for Authors including

  • General Guidance
  • Microsoft Office
  • Web Pages
  • Portable Document Format (PDF)
  • Multimedia


  • Use a logical structure
  • Use an optimised course format
  • Use sections to organise content
  • Use unique and informative names
  • Use section summaries to describe content
  • Be consistent.


  • A random structure
  • Using an inaccessible course format
  • Adding content in to one section
  • Indistinct or uninformative names
  • Solely using section names to describe the content within


  • Add alternative text to images, graphics, charts etc. where appropriate.
  • Use meaningful link text
  • Use colours with sufficient contrast between the text and background colours
  • Use easy to read font in a large size (18pts +)
  • Use heading and paragraph styles to structure text
  • Use clear and concise language
  • Use in-built accessibility tools


  • Using colour as the only means of conveying information
  • Using small font sizes (<18pts)
  • Placing text over images
  • Using background colours without sufficient contrast to the text
  • Hard to read fonts
  • Using images, with content your audience need to understand, without a text alternative
  • Using images of text
  • Long paragraphs of text with no headings

  • Link text with no descriptive information

  • Using images of text

  • Avoid acronyms and complex words

Guidance on creating accessible materials

Audio and Video

  • Provide a text alternative such as
    • closed captions
    • text transcripts
    • audio description
  • Clearly label audio/video content that has been provided as an alternative to text


  • Providing content solely in video and audio formats only


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