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From: Lijewski, Lolly M (DHS)
Date: Thu, Mar 14 2013 12:10PM
Subject: SharePoint and screen readers
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Hello:

My agency uses Microsoft SharePoint as a collaboration tool. We are testing it with JAWS, and are looking at testing it with NVDA. Does anyone have experience with making this application more accessible? The three areas we identified are:

1. Lack of an accessible template

2. Lack of a configuration file for SharePoint in JAWS and

3. Lack of user knowledge about how to build an accessible site in the application

Thank you,


Lolly Lijewski
Disability Services Division
Minnesota Department of Human Services
Work Phone: (651) 431-3218
Fax: (651) 431-7411
Email: = EMAIL ADDRESS REMOVED = <mailto: = EMAIL ADDRESS REMOVED = >

Building Address:
540 Cedar Street
St. Paul Minnesota 55155

Mailing Address:
PO Box 64967
St. Paul Minnesota 55164-0967

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From: Angela French
Date: Thu, Mar 14 2013 12:12PM
Subject: Re: SharePoint and screen readers
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Which version of SharePOint?

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>Hello:
>
>My agency uses Microsoft SharePoint as a collaboration tool. We are testing it
>with JAWS, and are looking at testing it with NVDA. Does anyone have
>experience with making this application more accessible? The three areas we
>identified are:
>
>1. Lack of an accessible template
>
>2. Lack of a configuration file for SharePoint in JAWS and
>
>3. Lack of user knowledge about how to build an accessible site in the
>application
>
>Thank you,
>
>
>Lolly Lijewski
>Disability Services Division
>Minnesota Department of Human Services
>Work Phone: (651) 431-3218
>Fax: (651) 431-7411
>Email: = EMAIL ADDRESS REMOVED = <mailto: = EMAIL ADDRESS REMOVED = >
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>Building Address:
>540 Cedar Street
>St. Paul Minnesota 55155
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>Mailing Address:
>PO Box 64967
>St. Paul Minnesota 55164-0967
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From: Angela French
Date: Thu, Mar 14 2013 12:16PM
Subject: Re: SharePoint and screen readers
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Does anyone have
>experience with making this application more accessible? The three areas we
>identified are:
>
>1. Lack of an accessible template
>
>2. Lack of a configuration file for SharePoint in JAWS and
>
>3. Lack of user knowledge about how to build an accessible site in the
>application
>
>Thank you,
>
>
>Lolly Lijewski


You may find this helpful, though it is for SharePoint 2013. Perhaps they similar articles for previous versions; the MSDN site often does work that way.

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj841103.aspx

From: Steve Green
Date: Thu, Mar 14 2013 12:34PM
Subject: Re: SharePoint and screen readers
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We have just done some JAWS testing of SharePoint 2007 and 2010 applications for a client. However, our report was limited to telling them what the front-end code needed to look like. We were not required to tell them what they needed to do in the admin website to make it happen - in fact we did not even have access to the admin website.

I have to say that the front-end code was disgusting, and I believe that the offending features were all 'out of the box' rather than something our client had done. The biggest problem was the data tables, which had context-sensitive menus that appeared when you hover a mouse over any cell or row or column header. JAWS could not see the menu, but the links (which were transparent images) caused so much 'noise' that you could not begin to understand the table contents. Every cell contained something like "onmouseover, press shift plus enter to open in a new window left paren opens in a new window right paren" in addition to the cell contents.

These hover menus also contained checkboxes that JAWS could see even if they were not visible on screen. They did not have text labels or 'id' or 'name' attributes, and there was some weird JavaScript going on that caused JAWS to think they were textboxes, and they somehow prevented JAWS from reading the right-hand column of data.

Our advice was to remove all this garbage, which the administrator thought would be fairly straightforward. Unfortunately I don't know how he planned to do it.

Steve Green

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Subject: [WebAIM] SharePoint and screen readers

Hello:

My agency uses Microsoft SharePoint as a collaboration tool. We are testing it with JAWS, and are looking at testing it with NVDA. Does anyone have experience with making this application more accessible? The three areas we identified are:

1. Lack of an accessible template

2. Lack of a configuration file for SharePoint in JAWS and

3. Lack of user knowledge about how to build an accessible site in the application

Thank you,


Lolly Lijewski
Disability Services Division
Minnesota Department of Human Services
Work Phone: (651) 431-3218
Fax: (651) 431-7411
Email: = EMAIL ADDRESS REMOVED = <mailto: = EMAIL ADDRESS REMOVED = >

Building Address:
540 Cedar Street
St. Paul Minnesota 55155

Mailing Address:
PO Box 64967
St. Paul Minnesota 55164-0967

Caution: This e-mail and attached documents, if any, may contain information that is protected by state or federal law. E-mail containing private or protected information should not be sent over a public (non-secure) Internet unless it is encrypted pursuant to DHS standards. This e-mail should be forwarded only on a strictly need-to-know basis. If you are not the intended recipient, please: (1) notify the sender immediately, (2) do not forward the message, (3) do not print the message and (4) erase the message from your system

From: Lijewski, Lolly M (DHS)
Date: Thu, Mar 14 2013 1:41PM
Subject: Re: SharePoint and screen reader accessibility
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Hello:

Thank you for your responses thus far. We are using SharePoint 2010.


Lolly Lijewski
Disability Services Division
Minnesota Department of Human Services
Work Phone: (651) 431-3218
Fax: (651) 431-7411
Email: = EMAIL ADDRESS REMOVED = <mailto: = EMAIL ADDRESS REMOVED = >

Building Address:
540 Cedar Street
St. Paul Minnesota 55155

Mailing Address:
PO Box 64967
St. Paul Minnesota 55164-0967

Caution: This e-mail and attached documents, if any, may contain information that is protected by state or federal law. E-mail containing private or protected information should not be sent over a public (non-secure) Internet unless it is encrypted pursuant to DHS standards. This e-mail should be forwarded only on a strictly need-to-know basis. If you are not the intended recipient, please: (1) notify the sender immediately, (2) do not forward the message, (3) do not print the message and (4) erase the message from your system

From: Jennifer Sutton
Date: Thu, Mar 14 2013 6:48PM
Subject: Re: SharePoint and screen reader accessibility
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Hi:

I remembered that an organization in Australia had done a review on
Sharepoint 2010. And I found this post as about the second result via
my search:

http://webbism.com/2012/07/24/sharepoint-2010-accessibility/


I choose it to post to the list because it links both to the report
from Australia, as well as some other useful-looking fairly current resources.

Hope my five-minute Google search helps many.

Jennifer

At 12:41 PM 3/14/2013, you wrote:
>Hello:
>
>Thank you for your responses thus far. We are using SharePoint 2010.
>
>
>Lolly Lijewski
>Disability Services Division
>Minnesota Department of Human Services
>Work Phone: (651) 431-3218
>Fax: (651) 431-7411
>Email: = EMAIL ADDRESS REMOVED = <mailto: = EMAIL ADDRESS REMOVED = >
>
>Building Address:
>540 Cedar Street
>St. Paul Minnesota 55155
>
>Mailing Address:
>PO Box 64967
>St. Paul Minnesota 55164-0967
>
>Caution: This e-mail and attached documents, if any, may contain
>information that is protected by state or federal law. E-mail
>containing private or protected information should not be sent over
>a public (non-secure) Internet unless it is encrypted pursuant to
>DHS standards. This e-mail should be forwarded only on a strictly
>need-to-know basis. If you are not the intended recipient, please:
>(1) notify the sender immediately, (2) do not forward the message,
>(3) do not print the message and (4) erase the message from your system
>
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