Be selective about providing content via linked documents.
PDF, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc. – these formats are hard to keep up-to-date and may be a barrier for some users. If content is important, it should be presented directly on the webpage. If you’re concerned about offering a print-friendly option for handouts, the web pages themselves are designed and optimized to be printer friendly.
Some appropriate times to offer a linked document
- Fillable forms (although also consider setting up an electronic form)
- Complex data
- White papers