Applying headings: Microsoft Word

Applies to Microsoft Word 2010.

The best way to add headings in Word is to apply styles. You can use the built-in styles, or you can customize them.

  • Type the text of your heading, and then select it.
  • On the Home tab, in the Styles group, click the heading style that you want. If you don't see the style that you want, click / select the More button to expand the Quick Styles gallery.

NOTE: You can review how selected text will look with a particular style by placing your pointer over the style that you want to preview.

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George Kerscher Joins Benetech as Senior Advisor for Global Literacy


Benetech announced that Dr. George Kerscher has joined the organization as Senior Advisor to the Benetech Global Literacy program.


At Benetech, George's responsibilities will include strategy and planning for higher education and libraries as well as projects for the visually impaired as part of Benetech's Bookshare and Born Accessible initiatives to make all e-books fully accessible when they are first created. Bookshare is the world's largest online library of accessible e-books for people with print disabilities offering over 450,000 books and serving more than 400,000 members.


"I'm proud to join the Benetech and Bookshare team," said Dr. Kerscher. "The global literacy team at Benetech has consistently demonstrated their industry-leading commitment to accessibility and technology leadership for over ten years, and I look forward to helping them continue to scale that mission."


Along with his new role at Benetech, George is Chief Innovations Officer of the DAISY Consortium and President of the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF). In addition, he chairs the DAISY/NISO Standards committee, chairs the Steering Council of the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI), and serves on the Advisory Board of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). More information is provided in the official press release.

Developing Digital Content: Basic Principles

Whenever we start developing (digital) content we should first clarify the purpose.

Next, we should think of all different audiences the planned content will reach and how the content will be used, perhaps even take into consideration how content will be shared.

Content should be written clearly, concisely and logically organized into sections to ensure the content is appropriate for the widest audience possible.

Update on Potential Combination of IDPF with W3C


In May 2016, the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) and World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) announced that they were exploring the potential to combine two organizations to accelerate EPUB adoption and advance publishing technologies for the overall Open Web Platform. Since the announcement, both organizations have received feedback from members and industry stakeholders, which they are in the process of evaluating. IDPF has already organized several webinars and meetings and expects to provide more information to members within the next month.


As previously announced, IDPF is co-organizing a Publishing Community Meeting on September 22nd during the W3C TPAC week. The preliminary agenda has now been posted, and the advance registration discount is available through September 2nd, 2016. More information is provided on the IDPF website.

Third Editor's Draft of EPUB 3.1 Published


The EPUB 3 Working Group announced that the third Editor's Draft of EPUB 3.1 is now available for community review. This draft is feature complete. All open issues in the tracker have been addressed. The Working Group is looking to publish the first formal Public Draft of the EPUB 3.1 specification by early September.


For more information about changes in the new Editors Draft, please refer to the EPUB 3.1 Changes from 3.0.1 document. Feedback can be provided via the IDPF GitHub issue tracker.


EPUB Accessibility 1.0 Conformance and Discovery Requirements for EPUB Publications are available for review at

Graphiti™, the world's first affordable tactile graphics display


Orbit Research and the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) announced the introduction of Graphiti™, the world's first affordable tactile graphics display.


Based on revolutionary Tactuator™ technology from Orbit Research, the Graphiti refreshable tactile graphics display represents a breakthrough in non-visual access to graphical information including charts, drawings, flowcharts, images and photographs, through an array of moving pins.


This technology has the ability to set each pin to different heights, which enables the display of topographical maps and other graphical elements such as gray shades and color represented as varying heights of pins that can be readily sensed by the user’s fingers.


Connectable to computers, tablets, smartphones, or the Orion TI-84 Plus Talking Graphing Calculator via a USB-C port or Bluetooth, its open API allows developers to create apps to work with Graphiti.


Additionally, an HDMI port allows connection to any device with a video display output, identifying the unit as a display monitor. The unit also includes a cursor pad for navigation and an SD-card slot for loading files for reading and editing in a standalone mode. More information is provided in the press release.

Accessing Higher Ground 2016: Registration Now Open


Online registration for the Accessible Higher Ground (AHG) 2016 conference (November 14-18) is now open.


AHG is pleased to announce that Tommy Edison, “The Blind Film Critic,” will be the keynote speaker for AHG 2016. More information can be found on the AHG website.

NFB and Google Co-hosting a Training Event


The National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute and Google are co-hosting a three-day event for access technology trainers October 4-6, 2016 to learn more about all things Google. Android, Chrome OS, and Google Apps (including Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Docs, etc.) will be the main topics of the training. If you are an access technology trainer and are interested in participating, apply today.


Participation will be free for successful applicants. Space is limited, so be sure to submit your application early. The deadline is Friday, September 2nd. The event will be held at the NFB Jernigan Institute at 200 East Wells Street, at Jernigan Place, Baltimore, Maryland 21230.

For more information, please visit

BISG Webinar: Getting the Most Out of the EPUB 3 Support Grid


Are you struggling to understand which reading systems support various features of EPUB 3?

This year, the EPUB 3 Support Grid website has been improved, making it easier to use and more valuable to the publishing industry and readers than ever. Users are now able to:

  • Find support by feature
  • Refer to a URL pointing to the results of a specific test and simple urls for referencing pages
  • Have a variety of table views, sortable and filterable by headers, in small chunks
  • Enjoy a cleaner, more accessible site
  • Review accessibility testing scores

During the webinar on July 26th, the benefits and features of the EPUB 3 Support Grid were discussed from the perspectives of a publisher, a reading systems developer, and institutions whose needs for features such as accessibility in reading systems is crucial.


Led by industry expert Bill Kasdorf, and featuring Tzviya Siegman of Wiley, Rick Johnson of VitalSource, and George Kerscher of DAISY, participants learned what the EPUB 3 Test Grid can do to help everyone in the publishing ecosystem improve digital reading for their audiences.

Apply Now to Speak at Spotlight on Dyslexia 2016


Learning Ally is currently accepting applications for presentations for their December 2nd online conference.


This is a "live conference", and your webinar style session will also be recorded for playback. The purpose of the conference is to increase understanding about dyslexia, educate and engage teachers and parents, and advocate for children with learning disabilities.


Apply by August 1st, with acceptances of presentations on a rolling basis. More information can be found on the Learning Ally website.


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