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Re: Word Accessibility with JAWS


From: Info @ Karlen Communications
Date: Sep 24, 2008 7:20AM

Agreed, and I put the "Alt Text" tool in the Quick Access Toolbar of Word
2007 so I can get at it faster. It is in the list of commands not on the
Ribbons. This opens the Size dialog, press Ctrl + Tab once and you are ready
to add the Alt text. Sometimes this is a bit faster than the AppKey and
context menu. You still need to have the image selected.

Cheers, Karen

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[mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of Moore, Michael
Sent: Wednesday, September 24, 2008 8:43 AM
To: WebAIM Discussion List
Subject: Re: [WebAIM] Word Accessibility with JAWS

One thing that I would like to add about JAWS 9 and images in Office
2007 is that when an image is imbedded in an Office 2007 document,
either the image file name and sometimes the file path are placed by
office in the alt text by default. JAWS 9 will report this alt text.

To change the alt text you need to find the image size dialog. This is
in the formatting ribbon on the picture tools tab. This tab is only
present if you have an image in the document selected.

Do not put "" in the alt - if it is a decorative image, delete the
default text and leave it blank. JAWS reads the "". I have tested this
with PowerPoint and Word and word. The results when you convert to PDF
and HTML remain to be tested but will likely vary depending upon the
method/software used for the conversion. Testing the result is strongly


-----Original Message-----
[mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of Info @ Karlen
Sent: Wednesday, September 24, 2008 5:53 AM
To: 'WebAIM Discussion List'
Subject: Re: [WebAIM] Word Accessibility with JAWS

The only issues I've had with JAWS reading alt text on images in Word
or 2007 is when I'm using the Down Arrow to go through parts of a
line by line. JAWS might say "slash" for an image but if I go above the
image and either SayAll or read by paragraph, it does read the Alt Text.
have my verbosity setting for labeled graphics and picture and graphical
objects detection is turned on.

I create a lot of documents with images and always use Alt Text and
and would say that 90 percent of the time JAWS is finding the Alt Text,
exception being the above scenario.

Cheers, Karen

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[mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of Jamie Smith
Sent: Tuesday, September 23, 2008 7:25 PM
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Subject: Re: [WebAIM] Word Accessibility with JAWS

None of our speech users are using 2007 word (or any 2007 office
products) at Florida Blind Services yet because with speech it is still
cumbersome to use.

JAWs still ignores text boxes. Our staff have the latest version, but
they are not reading docx which adds an alt tag to the text box.

The new Window's Eyes is out, I will be checking to see the status with
soon. Window Eye's can read some things in Word 2003 (like the alt on
graphics) which JAWs ignores. But JAws seems to do better with Flash
products. Can't wait to see what the new version of Window's Eyes does.

I used to be able to check HAL, but our only HAL user doesn't work at
Florida Blind Services anymore. How powerful is it?
To me as a sighted user, I am able to create accessible documents much
easier with 2007 office products. The ugly codes often left by 2003
there. However, some of the new kool features, like doing e-mail
and putting them into access still are not accessible with out someone
knows how to RE-code the unreadable text.
On Wed, Sep 17, 2008 at 11:42 AM, Jason Maseberg-Tomlinson
> wrote:

> Does anyone have advice on the use of Text Boxes in Word XP or 2007
> the most recent version of JAWS. In the past I have found that JAWS
> read any text boxes and I am trying to find out if this is still the
> What I am trying to do is find out if it would be beneficial to a
> using JAWS if we had a faculty member send a PowerPoint to Word with
> below the slides. My understanding is that this would not work and
> JAWS would not recognize the text in the slides, only the note text.
> Thanks for any help in advance. I find this to be a very helpful
> community.
> Jason
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