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Re: Accessible Excel files -- two questions


From: Dona Patrick
Date: Mar 31, 2017 6:51AM

Yes, multiple screen readers, thanks JP.

By the way, I found the answer to my second question.

On Mar 30, 2017 6:33 PM, "JP Jamous" < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:

> Dona,
> Not sure if you are targeting multiple screen readers or just JAWS. With
> JAWS you can use Insert + CTRL + Alt + c for columns or r for rows. JAWS
> will create a JSI file and use the column your cursor was in as the row
> header and the row you are in as the column header. This way, you can avoid
> identifying headers and getting the icons. However, this is only a JAWS
> feature. I don't think NVDA has such one for Excel.
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> Subject: [WebAIM] Accessible Excel files -- two questions
> I am supposed to make two Excel files accessible and explain to the client
> what they need to do to make this easier. These files are going to be used
> as templates so must remain in Excel format. I know the basics, but have
> conflicting answers for a question and I have another question.
> The files have several tables. The first tab has a table that can be given
> alt text and has header cells set (this table has headers). The other
> tables cannot be given alt text and header cells cannot be designated. My
> assumption is (and I am not at all comfortable with Excel as it is) that
> the tables that cannot be given alt text and the header cells cannot be
> designated are not true tables, but the first table is. I think that what I
> need to suggest is that they highlight the content that is a table, select
> the checkbox that says "my table has headers" and that will make it a true
> table.
> Am I anywhere near correct about this? Someone I asked at work suggested
> that tables in an Excel spreadsheet are always tables.
> My second question is less accessibility related and more just an Excel
> question...
> When I do make the tables true tables and say the tables have headers (if
> that is the right thing to do) the tables end up with a header row with
> icons for sorting. Is there any way to get rid of those icons?
> I hope I was clear.
> Thank you for any help and let me know if I can be more clear.
> Dona
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