Accessibility for Non-HTML Content

Creating accessible non-HTML content, like documents and forms, is extremely important to Portland State University’s efforts toward creating more inclusive and accessible online spaces. Not only does PSU’s Electronic and Information Technology (EIT) Accessibility policy require that public-facing digital content meet accessibility guidelines; the choice to apply accessibility best practices to all digital content authoring allows for greater accessibility, usability, and search engine optimization for all users.

Consider the following facts:

Our document accessibility help articles will guide you through accessibility principles and best practices you should consider when creating documents and repairing documents with noted accessibility barriers.

Please choose from the following articles depending on use case:


Use Case


Use Case

Creating Accessible Documents and Forms

Situations in which you have access to the original document and its associated authoring program.

Remediating Inaccessible Documents and Forms

Situations in which you’ve inherited a PDF and do not have access to the original document and/or its associated authoring program.

Please note that Adobe Acrobat Pro is required in order to generate fully accessible PDFs. Departments may purchase copies by submitting a software installation request through the OIT Helpdesk.

Please let the IT Accessibility Team know if we can be of assistance. If you have any questions or concerns, please email or submit an accessibility ticket via