[Athen] PowerPoint slides question

John Gardner john.gardner at orst.edu
Wed Sep 29 08:26:58 PDT 2010

Teresa, this is really a Microsoft problem. Why don't you send samples of
the Word files and the PowerPoints showing various behavior to the MS
Accessibility group and ask them for help? Other companies are expected to
provide support - why not Microsoft?


From: athen-bounces at athenpro.org [mailto:athen-bounces at athenpro.org] On
Behalf Of Teresa Haven
Sent: Wednesday, September 29, 2010 8:20 AM
To: Access Technology Higher Education Network
Subject: [Athen] PowerPoint slides question

Aloha, all. I have an odd question that I hope someone can help with. I'm
regularly asked to review various professors' Blackboard sites for the
accessibility of their course content. I've recently started to see
Powerpoint slide shows where some slides have all the text accessible, some
slides have only part of the text accessible and part not, and some slides
are completely inaccessible (blank in Outline view). In almost every case,
the prof will have been using the same basic template for every slide, and
producing very "clean" slides -- just a title at the top and three or four
bullet points of text. Some profs are using Office 2007 and a few may still
be using Office 2003. Does anyone have a clue what could be causing this
erratic accessibility issue, and more importantly, suggestions on how to
resolve it? I'm trying very hard to coach faculty to produce accessible
materials in the first place, and they're trying to comply, but this problem
is growing and retrofitting by re-typing the slide content into Word docs
and distributing to students is not a reasonable solution at this time.

Many thanks for any ideas you might be able to share,


Teresa LW Haven, Ph.D.
Supervisor, Alternate Format Program
Disability Resource Center
Arizona State University

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