Creating complex tables in Word and accessibility

Tai_James Member
edited March 2019 in CCC Accessibility Center
I work in long Word documents to create student handbooks associated with courses for those who do not have access to the Internet.  However, these files will need to be placed online and need to ensure accessibility is in place. There are a number of pages that are set up as a complex table to display a large layout of information needed as a "birds eye" view of their assignments week by week. 

I'm concerned that these tables are not designed to meet accessibility requirements and was wondering if there is a way for me to share an example of one of these types of tables for someone to look at and provide some insight and/or suggestions.   

Thank you in advance for your assistance.


  • Gian
    Gian Member
    edited January 2018
    Hi Tai

    Unfortunately it is not possible to convey a complex table properly (accessibly) in Word. These tables need to be broken into simple tables, or an HTML version needs to be created. If you attach an example, we can have a go at breaking it down into a simple table. Feel free to attach to this comment or email us at [email protected]

  • Jose_Luis_Pacheco
    edited January 2018
    Thank you for the information.