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Re: Are there major accessibility issues in Word, PowerPoint & Outlook


From: Philip Kiff
Date: Nov 1, 2019 7:42PM

Yeah, the interface for managing object order and reading order in
PowerPoint seems both unintuitive and crappy to me, too.

Having said that, in case others aren't aware, if you use master slide
layouts that match exactly the objects in your slide content, then you
can in fact set the order to be correct automatically for each slide.
So, for e.g., if you have many slides with a title, a text block on the
left, and an image object on the right, then you can create a template
with those exact placeholders, and you can customize the order of the
placeholders in the arrange > selection pane options in the master
template. From then on, any slides using that template will follow the
order you set. And blank slides using that layout will have the right
kind of placeholders in the right places to insert text/images. So in
the case of a fairly standard 100-plus slide presentation, you don't
always necessarily have to custom order each and every slide.

This doesn't help in the case of presentations built out of many complex
slides with constantly varying number of custom objects. But most
PowerPoint users don't really need or what to do that. And indeed, one
might even argue that the PowerPoint format is not really the best
choice in the case of a need for complex visual presentation to begin with.


On 2019-11-01 21:26, Glen Walker wrote:
> Exactly my point. You have to *manually* fix the reading order. Every object on every slide on every presentation. It should be automatic.
> And speaking of tables in word, I have not found a way to create row headers.
> Sent from my iPhone
>> On Nov 1, 2019, at 12:35 PM, Ryan E. Benson < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:
>> By creating the order, are you talking about adding each object
>> individually? Since O13, you can go home > arrange > selection pane.
> > > >