[Athen] Open Office

Al Puzzuoli alpuzz at msu.edu
Wed Jun 24 12:16:51 PDT 2009

Actually, yes. there is basically very limited access to Open Office
for Windows based screen readers. In Windows, accessibility of the Java
platform has never been fully developed. The Java access bridge is
available, and Window-Eyes has their own method for dealing with access
to Java apps; but for all practical purposes, Open Office still isn't
working. Although things may evolve in the future,as a screen reader
user myself, I currently wouldn't even consider trying to get any
serious work done using open Office under the Windows platform. Of
course, the story is completely different under Linux, and things are
currently getting better in Mac OS as well; but not sure how much that
helps you.



From: Chip Evans [mailto:hevans01 at baker.edu]
Sent: Wednesday, June 24, 2009 2:57 PM
To: DSSHE Listserv; ICU Listserv; MI-AHEAD Listserv; Athen Listserv
Subject: Open Office

Hi Listservers,

I just got a message from our Dean of Technology stating that the school
is considering moving from Microsoft Office to Open Office. I was
wondering if anybody knew of any compatibility issues that may exist
between Open Office and any assistive technology?

Chip Evans
Academic Advisor
Special Needs/Disability Services Coordinator
Baker College of Allen Park
chip.evans at baker.edu

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