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From: Clark, Michelle - NRCS, Washington, DC
Date: Apr 25, 2014 1:39PM


Thank you. This certainly can help and I will send the information on to others.

Michelle

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From: <EMAIL REMOVED> [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of Karlen Communications
Sent: Friday, April 25, 2014 1:45 PM
To: 'WebAIM Discussion List'
Subject: Re: [WebAIM] PowerPoint accessibility-alt question

I have a document on my website to help orient yourself to Word 2013 and
some other Office 2013 applications:
http://www.karlencommunications.com/MicrosoftOfficeAccessibility2013.html

Also, let me know if you have questions as you're working...where did this
go, what is this? How do I change the UI so it isn't all white?

Cheers, Karen

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[mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of Clark, Michelle -
NRCS, Washington, DC
Sent: April 25, 2014 11:36 AM
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Subject: Re: [WebAIM] PowerPoint accessibility-alt question

Duff,

Thanks for your comments and I agree with them. This woman was resistant
after she asked if the documents she sent in emails had to be accessible and
was told "yes". That's usually where I get most of my problem documents.
Indeed, some need to be stroked. into it but lack of training and
constant upgrades add to the problem.

We are preparing to upgrade to Microsoft 2013. With what I expect to get
along the lines of training, my stuff may look a little crazy for a while as
well.

Michelle

Michelle

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[mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of Duff Johnson
Sent: Friday, April 25, 2014 11:02 AM
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Subject: Re: [WebAIM] PowerPoint accessibility-alt question

Michelle,

> You struck gold with the statement of "Do users know how to author for
accessibility.". In the agency in which I work as in others I imagine, is
where much of the problem begins.
>
> Recently, there was a "Resource " event and I was sitting at the Section
508 table. One employee became indignant and rather nasty when we tried to
inform her about 508. She left in a huff. That's problematic for what we do.


Many people are very sensitive to the suggestion that they don't know how to
(properly) work with a tool they use everyday.

I think the right approach in this context (to the extent possible) is to
present the discussion along the lines of: "Cool tricks to make writing more
fun and productive" rather than accessibility per se.

Instead of implying that users "don't know how" to deal with headings (for
example), it's much easier to present heading styles as a cool way to...

- Manage the look and feel of all headings at once, throughout the document
- Create a Table of Contents
- Help with navigation (via the Document Map panel in MS Word)

and so on.

If the subject is approached as: "We're going to teach you how to write in a
way that others can read" the result is usually... unfortunate.

Duff.
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