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Screen Readers & Alt Text in Word


From: Carolyn Dudas
Date: Apr 26, 2012 12:51PM

I'm a sighted user who is trying to learn how to use screen readers for
accessibility testing. So I am hoping someone can help me with the

I am using Word 2010 and entered alt text for an image into the
description field.  However, when I use either JAWS or NVDA, it does not
read the alt text.  Instead, it just says “slash”.  How do I get each of
these screen readers to read the alt text for an image (if I am using the
Say All command, i.e. read the entire document from top to bottom)?

Carolyn Dudas
Web Developer/Information Specialist
Penn State Behrend
4205 College Drive
Erie, PA 16563-1201

Phone: 814-898-6458
Fax: 814-898-6457