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Formatting Email in Office 2016 or Office 365


From: Jonathan Avila
Date: Mar 28, 2016 7:23PM

Gary, In my experience some screen readers have trouble with layout tables in non-web versions of Outlook. Outlook uses a MS Word like view for the message view and not HTML and this can cause some issues.

Jonathan Avila

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Sent: Monday, March 28, 2016 4:13 PM
Subject: [WebAIM] FW: Formatting Email in Office 2016 or Office 365

Has anyone prepared guidelines or instructional material on how to format email in Office 2016 or Office 365 for accessibility and/or Section 508-conformance, that you could share? If not, does anyone have such guidance for an earlier version of Outlook mail that would be conducive to revision and updating?
I have found Seven Simple Steps To Create An Accessible Email In Outlook 2013 (http://www.ferris.edu/HTMLS/administration/adminandfinance/human/Training/emailaccessibility.htm), as well as Creating Accessible Microsoft Outlook 2010 Emails (US Dep't of Commerce) http://osec.doc.gov/Accessibility/Creating_Accessible_Microsoft_Outlook%20_010_%20Emails.html. This is linked to a very good training video at Creating Accessible Microsoft Outlook 2010 Emails (TX Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities) https://youtu.be/1erW3U7uE8w What we would like to find is guidance more a more current version of Microsoft Outlook.
Thanks in advance,
Gary M. Morin, Program Analyst
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what if the first question we asked was, "what is so unique about this situation that it justifies exclusion? instead of, "how much does it cost to make it accessible?