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Re: Microsoft Word: Decorative Image Accessibility


From: Jonathan Avila
Date: Jun 26, 2019 12:07PM

I've had the decorative checkbox in Word 365 on Windows for months. I no longer have a title and description field -- just an alt text field.


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In my version of Word 2016 (on a PC), there is not a "decorative" option for images. I know *Powerpoint* 2019 added a "decorative" checkbox. Not sure about Word 2019. I'm just double checking what version of Word you're using and where you're seeing the decorative checkbox. When I run the a11y checking in Word 2016, there's no mention of making decorative images.

And just one clarification, and it's kind of a nit-pick, but you said a blank alt text makes an image decorative for the web. I wanted to make sure you meant an empty alt text (quote-quote) and not a single blank character as the alt text. The latter is seen as a valid alt text and will read the blank. An empty alt text will essentially hide the image.

On Wed, Jun 26, 2019 at 10:33 AM Jim Homme < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:

> Hi,
> This is with Word 2016.
> * The accessibility checker wants me to mark decorative images with a
> check box.
> * When I do that, JAWS says the word "Decorative" for these images.
> * NVDA does not say anything for these same images, unless I use the
> Advanced settings and use the experimental UIA settings.
> * On the web, blank alt text makes decorative images disappear for
> both screen readers.
> * I was lead to believe that if I put a single space as the alt text
> in Word, that a screen reader would ignore any image with a single
> space as alt text.
> * As a screen reader user, I am used to not hearing anything for
> decorative images, because this is how I was trained it should work.
> My question is: How should this work, since I do not necessarily know
> which screen reader a person might have when they read my Word document?
> Thanks.
> Jim
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