Watermarks, footnotes and endnotes

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Watermarks cannot be accessed by screen reader users. If the information is decorative then it does not need to be included elsewhere in the document and can be removed. If the watermark provides information then it must be included in the document content. Please note that footnotes should not be used.

Removing the watermark

  1. Under the ‘Page Layout’ tab, select ‘Watermark’.
  2. Select ‘Remove Watermark’.

The activated watermark dropdown which is found in the page layout tab and after the page setup options. In the dropdown options, the 'Remove Watermark' option is selected.
Figure 34: Remove Watermark

Footnotes and endnotes

Footnotes and endnotes cannot be accessed by many screen readers.

Footnotes and endnotes should be deleted and the content included within in the document content.

Deleting footnotes and endnotes

  1. In the document, select the note reference mark of the footnote or endnote to be deleted.
  2. Select ‘Delete’.

Replacing footnotes and endnotes

Footnotes and endnotes should be replaced with an accessible alternative.

In-line with the text (recommended)

  1. Include the footnote or endnote content directly following the text.

Referenced with an asterisk

  1. Replace footnote or endnote reference marks with an asterisk.
  2. Include the referenced content directly below or as close as possible to the asterisk.

A word table with the following labels - Card number, card expiry date (e.g. 06/2016) and CCV with their corresponding fields. The label CCV number has a asterisk which is referenced directly after the CCV number field. The reference states - Not on CCV numbers: Credit cards are now issued with a CCV number. This is the last three numbers located on the signature strip on the back of the card. If you credit card has been allocated this number enter the three numbers in the space provided.
Figure 35: Using an asterisk to reference information