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Re: JAWS and Word ALT tags


From: Karlen Communications
Date: Apr 26, 2012 2:41PM

This is a known JAWS bug...it is not a "Word" or "PowerPoint" bug. It is also not a consistent bug in JAWS - sometimes the Alt Text is read and sometimes it isn't...we just don't rely on it being read at all.

As I've mentioned you can access the Alt Text by getting a list of objects in a Word document. And the Alt Text will convert to tagged PDF as someone else has mentioned.

Cheers, Karen

Out of Office, Sent from my iPad

On 2012-04-26, at 4:02 PM, "Elizabeth J. Pyatt" < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:

> Hello:
> Several of us are finding that ALT tags inserted into either Word 2010 for Windows or Word 2011 for Mac are not read aloud by JAWS
> The ALT tags are there even if the file is opened in a different version of Word on another platform. The ALT tags are also able to be transferred to a tagged PDF at which point they are read aloud by JAWS.
> Are other users having similar issues with ALT tags in Word? And PowerPoint?
> Any information appreciated
> Elizabeth
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