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RE: Microsoft Word question


From: Strange, Lainie
Date: Apr 21, 2005 8:18AM

It may, the demo was with the 2003 version.

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From: Glenda [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ]
Sent: Wednesday, April 20, 2005 2:02 PM
To: WebAIM Discussion List
Subject: RE: [WebAIM] Microsoft Word question

Would this technique depend upon the version of Word being used?

Glenda Watson Hyatt, Principal
Soaring Eagle Communications
Accessible websites. Accessible content. Accessible solutions.

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[mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ]On Behalf Of Strange,
Sent: Wednesday, April 20, 2005 11:41 AM
To: WebAIM Discussion List
Subject: RE: [WebAIM] Microsoft Word question

Dan -

Actually, I just attended a local accessibility conference this week and
a session I attended touched on the accessibility of Word tables. In a
nutshell, they aren't ADA accessible. But a gentleman from Washington
University: http://www.washington.edu/accessit/index.php
showed us this technique:

He said that in Word, if you set bookmarks where the Column Headings are
(and name the bookmarks just like the Heading text) that at least the
more recent versions of Jaws did a fairly good job at reading the
heading text with the corresponding data within that column. He said
this method didn't work well with complex nested tables however. Hope
that makes sense.

From: Dan Miller [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ]
Sent: Wednesday, April 20, 2005 10:06 AM
Subject: [WebAIM] Microsoft Word question

I am wondering about accessiblity issues regarding posting a document as
an attachment in Microsoft Word format. I realize that for PDF
attachments and the like, a link had to be provided in order to be able
to download the free reader. How does one bypass this with Word docs? Is
it 508 compliant just to post a Word doc as an attachment? Should one
include also a plain text version of the document?

Also, are tables created in Word 508 compliant?

Many thanks