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From: Karlen Communications
Date: Jan 30, 2020 5:13PM


Accessibility comes into play when you need to create a braille or large print copy of the presentation. When you save the presentation as an outline or RTF and add accessible structure to the text, you will have to copy and paste everything that is in a tex box into the RTF/Word doc. Using the default accessible placeholders saves you time and is just good practice.

Yes, I can read content in text boxes in PowerPoint with my screen reader but why delete the accessible placeholders to put text boxes in their place when you can modify the available layouts or create your own and save you time you beef an alternate format.

I can send you a sample of what I mean in the morning and give you a call if you like.

Cheers, Karen

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> On Jan 30, 2020, at 6:13 PM, Howard Kramer < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:
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> Seems to also work with JAWS.
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> -Howard
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>> On Thu, Jan 30, 2020 at 3:17 PM Howard Kramer < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:
>> Thanks Susan! Good to know.
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>> -Howard
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>>> On Thu, Jan 30, 2020 at 3:17 PM Susan Kelmer < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:
>>> Well, that's interesting! NVDA is always making advancements, unlike Jaws, and they may have solved this puzzle.
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>>> However, if a screenreader user is using Jaws, then there will still be a problem as Jaws won't read (or even see) those text boxes.
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>>> From: athen-list < <EMAIL REMOVED> > On Behalf Of Howard Kramer
>>> Sent: Thursday, January 30, 2020 3:00 PM
>>> To: Access Technology Higher Education Network < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
>>> Subject: [Athen] Powerpoint, screenreaders and text boxes
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>>> I've been playing around with PowerPoint (2013 for Windows) and NVDA. It's always been emphasized not to use text boxes and instead to use the slide layouts but I notice that NVDA reads the text boxes without problem although you may need to rearrange the order in the selection pane. I can see that the text boxes are missing from the outline view but I can't see to get NVDA to read that pane in any case.
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>>> Does the admonition against text boxes still apply?
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>>> Regards,
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>>> Howard
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> Regards,
> Howard
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> Howard Kramer
> Conference Coordinator
> Accessing Higher Ground
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> cell: 720-351-8668
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