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Re: Question about paths generated after export of Word doc toPDF

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From: Chagnon | PubCom
Date: Sep 30, 2016 1:16PM


We've seen it also with border colors in tables, as well as most of the text box designs in Word.

This needs to be fixed by the screen reader applications. To force content creators to avoid using color backgrounds and borders is insane; these are often needed to clarify the information for those who are sighted.

--Bevi Chagnon

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From: WebAIM-Forum [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of Moore,Michael (Accessibility) (HHSC)
Sent: Thursday, September 29, 2016 5:07 PM
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Subject: Re: [WebAIM] Question about paths generated after export of Word doc to PDF

Confirm in word that the background fill color is not set to white - the selection should be no color.

I have seen the JAWS screen reader mutter some sort of gibberish when there is a background color present that generates a path. We see this most frequently in tables.


Mike Moore
Accessibility Coordinator
Texas Health and Human Services Commission Civil Rights Office
(512) 438-3431 (Office)

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From: WebAIM-Forum [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of Ilana Gordon
Sent: Thursday, September 29, 2016 4:00 PM
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Subject: [WebAIM] Question about paths generated after export of Word doc to PDF

We've noticed a quirky issue that happens when we export a styled Word doc to PDF. Every line of text has an invisible (white) background image in the form of a rectangular Path. They appear to be in the place where background color would be if there were any. They are included in the exported tags and therefore need to be artifacted if not outright deleted.

Does anyone have any knowledge about this and so we can avoid that step in the tagging process?

Ilana Gordon

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