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Re: MS Word Alt Description - is this new?

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From: Lucy Greco
Date: Oct 4, 2017 11:37AM


i disagree the auto part of the process is new its been in the insiders for
about 4 months now and i have been dieing to try it. yes you were always
able to add the alt text but the AI part is brand new and i reely want to
know how good it is. Ms tells me that if you change the text they give you
the system lerns and the recognishion will get better over time i asked
if this would be in only the 365 and they said the plan is to have it in
all products in time please let us know how good the auto discription is i
am diing to try it

Lucia Greco
Web Accessibility Evangelist
IST - Architecture, Platforms, and Integration
University of California, Berkeley
(510) 289-6008 skype: lucia1-greco
http://webaccess.berkeley.edu
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On Wed, Oct 4, 2017 at 8:20 AM, JP Jamous < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:

> No it is not new. It has always been under "FormatAlt". The only
> difference is that in the latest version of Word, they made it visible to
> users who do not know about a11y.
>
> It is also found in PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook.
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> -----Original Message-----
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> Sent: Wednesday, October 4, 2017 9:35 AM
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> Subject: [WebAIM] MS Word Alt Description - is this new?
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> I was just preparing some training documents for a presentation on
> accessible PDFs. Using the latest version of MS Word in MSO365, I noticed
> that when I added an image/picture there was a space superimposed on the
> image showing a "suggested Alt description." When I clicked on it, it
> brought up a dialog box that says: "How would you describe this picture and
> its contents to someone who is blind? (1 - 2 sentences recommended). Then
> it gives that recommended Alt description (not very sophisticated, I might
> add) which you can edit.
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> I've posted the screenshots in the following links.
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> https://jebswebs.net/blog/2017/10/microsoft-adds-
> automatic-alt-description-t
> o-ms-word/
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> This is new to me. When did Microsoft start doing this?
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> I suspect it is associated with MSO365 and is using some AI from the Cloud.
> Will investigate further to see if it is in the Mac version and other MSO
> apps.
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> ~j
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> John E. Brandt
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