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How does axesWord®work

  1. axesWord® is an add-in for Microsoft Word to easily, quickly and reliably create accessible PDF documents in accordance with the DIN/ISO STANDARD PDF/UA-1:2012.
  2. axesWord® enables every Word user to create PDF/UA documents. Reworking the PDF document is no longer necessary. Time-consuming quality assurance is no longer necessary.
  3. The recipe for success lies in the use of document templates and styles that are optimised for accessibility. axesWord® does the rest.

axesWord® is not only a tool to create PDF documents. You get the maximum benefit if the Word documents are already prepared for accessibility and working with axesWord.

It makes sense to prepare your Word template (.dotx files) with the essential settings so that the author has only the following tasks to do:

  • Use appropriate paragraph styles
  • Use corresponding Word functions for specific elements (for example creating captions, footnotes, table of contents, links, references or hyphenation)
  • If necessary: add further settings/information, for example alternative texts for figures or formulas
  • If necessary: change the standard role in case of specific elements (e.g. layout tables)