WebAIM - Web Accessibility In Mind

E-mail List Archives

Re: MS Office Accessibility Checker Interface and Output Accessibility


From: Jim Homme
Date: Mar 29, 2019 11:34AM

While you are in the tree, you can press ALT+DOWNArrow to get choices on what to do with the current item. I just tried a simple document that had a single error and a warning about contrast. I was able to easily make a piece of alt text this way, but, being a totally blind screen reader user, I did not mess with the contrast part, because I did not know if I could get hex or decimal numbers for colors, so I could do the math. If I could somehow, even using another tool, that would be great.



Jim Homme
Digital Accessibility
Bender Consulting Services

-----Original Message-----
From: WebAIM-Forum < <EMAIL REMOVED> > On Behalf Of Bim Egan
Sent: Thursday, March 28, 2019 4:19 AM
To: 'WebAIM Discussion List' < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
Subject: Re: [WebAIM] MS Office Accessibility Checker Interface and Output Accessibility

That's brilliant! Thanks Glen,

As someone still struggling with ribbons and the odd names MS Word now uses as labels, your practical description was a real relief.


Bim Egan
Skype phone: 01223 96 87 96
Personal Email: <EMAIL REMOVED>
Skype ID: bim.accessequals

Coordinator: Describe Online
W: www.describe-online.com
Partner: AccessEquals
W: www.accessequals.com
-----Original Message-----
From: WebAIM-Forum [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of glen walker
Sent: 27 March 2019 20:38
To: WebAIM Discussion List
Subject: Re: [WebAIM] MS Office Accessibility Checker Interface and Output Accessibility

It's ok, but I don't find the accessibility checker to be that great.

To get to it, I use the shortcut: alt+f, i, i, a

After it runs, the results are in a new panel. You can use f6 to navigate to each panel (landmark) in Word. The correct panel will say "Accessibility Checker tool bar". The results uses groupings and trees.
The groupings are errors, warnings, and tips. The groupings don't say they're expanded or collapsed but using spacebar or right arrow will expand it, but it won't say it was just expanded or collapsed. When you open one group, it opens them all. Kind of like an accordion except I've never seen an accordion that will open every section when one section is opened.

Under each grouping is a tree with general issues and a list of elements that have that issue. If you select an element from the tree, it gets selected in your main document, but the focus remains in the accessibility checker.

If you press tab after selecting an element in the tree, you get to the "additional information" section of the checker which has some info on why the issue is a problem.

You can press f6 until you get back to the main document to do something on the selected element.

So the interface seems to be accessible. I can get to most everything with a keyboard and stuff seems to be labeled with an accessible name.

This email has been checked for viruses by AVG.