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Why Use Structured Documents?


By using inbuilt Styles and Structures to format headings you will be increasing accessibility of documents.  Microsoft Word has several inbuilt styles of heading, allowing users to select their own preferred style.

The benefits of using structured documents for our dyslexic and EAL pupils is enormous:

  • Pupils don’t have to trawl through endless pages of text to find the relevant piece of information
  • Pupils can navigate directly to the required section relatively easily through the Document Map (navigation panel) which provides an overview of the entire document
  • A table of contents can be created from a structured document and paragraphs can be moved around to change the layout when editing
  • Predefined headings enable consistency of style throughout a document

Benefits for partially sighted and disabled pupils:

  • The ability to use ‘textflow’ has particular relevance for visually impaired uses using screen magnifiers.  Not using ‘textflow’ would otherwise involve much horizontal as well as vertical scrolling.
  • Motor impaired users can access the whole document using relatively few keyboard/mouse movements

Using structured documents will save a great deal of time and alleviate some of the barriers to learning that our pupils face.


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Making a difference – Dyslexia

Future libraries

Libraries are probably not your first thought if you or a member of your family  are dyslexic but our 3 year partnership with Dyslexia Scotland has changed that in Edinburgh and made a real difference

In line with this thrilling year of Sport, come and toast the Dyslexia Awareness Week programme  in style with a glass of bubbly, in the company of great representatives from the sporting world, all of them Ambassadors for Dyslexia Scotland…be mesmerised by Keith Cook, fencing champion and inspired by Paul McNeill, Scottish Football Association and Chris Tiso of Tiso Group Limited.

Edinburgh Central Library  (Mezzanine Level), Tuesday 6th November, 6.30-8pm
Book online or phone 0131 242 8022

Dyslexia Awareness Week  – Tuesday 6th until Saturday 10th November 2012


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As a story-teller Sally Gardner is unsurpassed. Her new novel Maggot Moon is as they say ‘something else.’ I like books that look extremely promising for the first few pages, only to notch up the level of promise higher still as you read.

Sally Gardner, Maggot Moon

Set in 1956 Maggot Moon feels as if it could have been written then as well. It fits right in with the classic books we used to read a few decades ago, except we thought they were all depicting a rather terrible future. In Maggot Moon we look back to what was, and it’s real.

Standish Treadwell ‘can’t read, can’t write and isn’t very bright.’ And still Standish is one of the most fantastic heroes I have ever come across. He is no fool, and once he’s found a friend in Hector he is completely fine. Except Hector disappears. The Motherland keeps tabs on what everyone does…

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