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What is programmatically determinable structure and why is it important?

Adding structural elements such as section headings, spacing, and breaks can enhance the readability of a document. However without Programmatically Determinable elements, the structure will only have visual value making the document inaccessible to screen readers. Programmatically Determinable means information has been  programmed into the document for use by screen readers. A fully accessible document has an effective visual structure that is Programmatically Determinable.

This page provides steps for creating structure in Microsoft Word that is both visually accessible and Programmatically Determinable.

Step by Step Instructions for Building Accessible Structure

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