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Re: Accessible documents and LibreOffice


From: John E Brandt
Date: Nov 22, 2011 10:00AM

Thanks, Christophe

I never think of the right-click on the Mac because... there isn't any. But
you can accomplish the same thing in the word processor application of
LibreOffice on the Mac by double clicking the image or by holding the
Control button and clicking on the image. This brings up a "Picture"
dialogue box that has as a choice "Options." Note I do not see this in the
menu bar or in the picture edit floating toolbox.

Within Options there is a place to add a "Name" the image and provide
"Alternate Text." It works similarly in the presentations application in
LibreOffice, but it uses different terms.

I also checked this with VoiceOver. It is a little funky, but I was able to
get VO to read the ALTs in both the word processor and the presentations. As
neither Pages (iWork) or MS-Office for Mac are able to work effectively with
VO, LibreOffice is really the only accessible alternative for the Mac.

There are some navigation issues with LibreOffice and VO and I crashed the
application twice while banging on it with VO. But it will work.

Thanks again.


John E. Brandt
Augusta, Maine, USA

-----Original Message-----
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Sent: Tuesday, November 22, 2011 6:10 AM
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Subject: Re: [WebAIM] Accessible documents and LibreOffice

Hi John,

At 22:04 21-11-2011, John E Brandt wrote:
>Using my MacBook Pro (Lion), I just installed the latest LibreOffice
>package (for Mac). I am now trying to find a way to add alternative
>descriptions to images/pictures in the word processor and presentations
>package. Can't seem to find it. I see a way to add captions to images
>in the word processor - but that is not what I want. Nothing in
presentation app.

As a sighted user on Windows, I right-click on the image and select
"Description" from the context menu. This brings up the Description dialog
where you can enter the "Title" (alt text) and, if necessary, a longer

Selecting a image from the keyboard turns out to be more difficult. I have
not found a way to do this in the editing area. An alternative path is:
* open the Navigator with F5, and find the image in the Navigator,
* press Enter, so the image in the editing area gets selected,
* press Shift + F10 to open the context menu, then select "Description" from
that menu.

I don't know if the procedure is the same on Mac OS X.
If you can't select the image or if the context menu has no "Description"
item in the Mac OS version, please let me know and I'll register a bug for

Best regards,


Christophe Strobbe
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