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Re: OT: Accessible Files on Server/Email


From: Swift, Daniel P.
Date: Feb 27, 2017 8:36AM

Thanks for the info. Mallory, I suspected that the content wasn't created with accessibility in mind. I'm going to work with them to make their documents accessible. Jonathan, I was trying to view both documents using Office 2013 (Word and PowerPoint), not in preview/pages. I had an idea after reading your email, I tried using quick look and that worked "okay".

Which brings me to another question, does anyone know how common it is for people with visual impairments to use the quick look function? That's obviously not a solution for me, but more just made me curious.


Dan Swift
Web Technical Specialist
Enterprise Services
West Chester University

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From: WebAIM-Forum [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of Jonathan Cohn
Sent: Saturday, February 25, 2017 10:29 AM
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Subject: Re: [WebAIM] OT: Accessible Files on Server/Email


You didn't mention if you were using the default applications on the Mac of Pages and Preview, or the Microsoft / Adobe designed applications. I know that in Sierra Apple completely rebuilt the PDF libraries, but I believe that the builtin PDF systems on Apple still ignore accessibility tags. I might however be mistaken about that.

Best wishes,

Jonathan Cohn

> On Feb 25, 2017, at 8:46 AM, Mallory < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:
> Hi,
> I do happen to know that IF it's created accessibly (which isn't
> always easy), a powerpoint can work on a Mac, as I've recently heard
> an okay demo with VO on a mathy powerpoint. It seems to even read the
> equations from the equation editor (unless that was alt text I was
> hearing).t
> However it's apparently really easy to make inaccessible PP's so it
> wouldn't surprise me. But I wanted you to know that it should be
> possible if someone's able to change these docs. I'm not sure about
> Word but I would *think* it could also be made okay.
> cheers,
> Mallory