Over the past five years, the websites of Penn State College of Medicine (COM) went from including more than 2,700 downloadable files to fewer than 30. This session will look at why this is important from an accessibility (and general usability!) perspective and share ideas on how it can be achieved. We'll take a look at examples of how COM web staffers take material from PDFs, Excel files, Word documents, PowerPoints and more and present it in a web-native format. We'll also explore some of the benefits that have come from making these changes.
By the end of the session, attendees will understand the accessibility and usability drawbacks of file downloads, including effects on search, mobile responsiveness/usability, navigability and assistive technology. Attendees will also be shown some options for presenting both basic and more "difficult" or complex content formerly housed in downloadable files more accessibly.