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Re: Microsoft Word question


From: Christian Heilmann
Date: Apr 20, 2005 9:18AM

On 4/20/05, Webmaster < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:

>> Hello!
>> Have a look at the article number 9 here
>> http://outer-court.com/tech/top-10-errors-in-web-design.html

That applies in teletubbyland, but in the real world you will have
loads of documents that are maintained in Word and automatic
conversion creates useless HTML.

I have no idea about the 508 compliance of word tables, but IMHO the
most usable ideais to link to PDFs and explain that you'd need acrobat
reader to read them.

Offer a way to contact you should the need for a text-only (whatever
that will be) version occur. That way you have done most you can and
offered an alternative way, and this is a practical solution.

Yes, a perfect solution would be to offer the text in standard conform
HTML with all accessibility enhancing attributes and a proper
structure, and given the chance you should try to do that.

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