[Athen] Creating and accessible organization chart!

Teresa Haven Teresa.Haven at nau.edu
Tue Oct 21 08:16:16 PDT 2014

Hi, Susan. The method I used in the past was to create an outline, so that the various levels of the outline corresponded to the nodes and hierarchies in the org chart. It basically turns the org chart on its side and makes it text. And/or use Styles in a list so that you are tagging each level of information: a single H1 for the top node of the chart, H2s for the next level down, and so forth. Remember that charts are generally visual representations of data; just go back to the raw data and work with it in a non-visual modality.

Hope this helps,

Teresa Haven, Ph.D.
Accessibility Analyst, Northern Arizona University
Co-Chair, AHEAD Standing Committee on Technology

From: athen-list [mailto:athen-list-bounces at mailman13.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Susan Kelmer
Sent: Tuesday, October 21, 2014 7:53 AM
To: Access Technology Higher Education Network (athen-list at u.washington.edu); Alternate Media
Subject: [Athen] Creating and accessible organization chart!

We are doing a symposium this week, and we have an org chart that needs to be shared with one of the participants, and she is a screen reader user.

Help! I've never thought of this before or been asked to do one, so how would you go about creating an org chart for this person to use (or alt text description if that is the case)? I'm waiting for the original electronic version to get to me so I can see how it was created, but in the meantime, I wanted to get some ideas about how to create this in an accessible format for her.


Susan Kelmer
Alternate Format Coordinator
Disability Services
University of Colorado

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