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Re: Section 508 (m)


From: Michael D. Roush
Date: Jan 21, 2004 9:40AM

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From: "Yith" < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
Sent: Wednesday, January 21, 2004 6:48 AM
Subject: Section 508 (m)

> According to Section 508 (m), I must supply links to accessibile readers
> the page where I present those documents.
> The list of mime-types I am looking for accessible readers for is:
> application/vnd.ms-excel
> application/vnd.ms-powerpoint
> application/msword
> application/pdf

File viewers for each of the MS-Office formats are available at
http://office.microsoft.com if you type "Viewer" into the search block. You
can get the URL's from that for the appropriate formats and provide those on
your page. Note that even this won't help your PowerPoint presentation be
accessible unless you have entered alternative text for the images on your
end. I'm not sure how the viewer for PowerPoint is so much better than
saving the presentation file as a self-playing file.

The biggest drawback I see is that the Office viewers are only available for
Windows systems. This won't help your mac/*nix users (if you have any) at

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