[Athen] Accessible Office Export Plug-In That's NOT UIUC

Sean Keegan skeegan at htctu.net
Thu Feb 8 09:46:01 PST 2007

Hi Kevin,

You may want to check out LecShare. Similar in concept (different in
technical functionality), LecShare can take a PPT file and convert it to
several different accessible formats. Their higher end product LecShare Pro
can also support the addition of voice media to slides (and do some basic
automated captioning). Site is: http://www.lecshare.com

Take a look at the trial version - it is fully functioning and just embeds a
LecShare watermark on each exported format so that you do not use the trial
version for prime time. Works for Macs and PCs, so that is a nice feature.
Currently it only works with PowerPoint files, so if you are looking for
Word or Excel support, then it is the Office Export Wizard (aka Accessible
Web Publishing Wizard).

I have also had a number of faculty approach me regarding the use of
Camtasia to deliver PPT content (obviously a more expensive solution). The
result is just a Flash video of the presentation with a voice-over narration
(this is somewhat similar to one of the exports of LecShare Pro also does).
The current version of Camtasia also provides a tool for captioning the
presentation. It does appear to have many customization options, but I am
looking into this a bit more. Probably not exactly what you are looking
for, but it is something that more faculty appear to be doing.

Take care,


From: athen-bounces at athenpro.org [mailto:athen-bounces at athenpro.org] On
Behalf Of Sesock, Kevin A
Sent: Thursday, February 08, 2007 9:10 AM
To: Access Technologists in Higher Education Network
Subject: [Athen] Accessible Office Export Plug-In That's NOT UIUC

There are a few who have been witness to my complaints about the University
of Illinois Urbana-Champaign's Office Export Wizard plug-in. I'm not going
to get into that now (if anyone is interested, mail me for a sample tirade
off-list), but I do need a good alternative to convert Powerpoint and other
Office documents to an accessible HTML alternative.

Up until 1.06, the Illinois tool was free and didn't nag or annoy, and if
anyone has that version, that would be helpful (I have lost my copy),
otherwise, anyone have other recommendations?

Kevin A. Sesock, A+, Net+, CNA, MCSA
Assistive Technology Specialist
Student Disability Services
Division of Student Affairs
Oklahoma State University

http://access.it.okstate.edu <http://access.it.okstate.edu/>

"Hail to the speaker, hail to the knower; joy to he who has understood,
delight to they who have listened." - Odin

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