[Athen] Voice Over and Office for Mac

Al Puzzuoli alpuzz at msu.edu
Sat Sep 12 05:38:56 PDT 2015

Hi Robert,
Really the only version to even consider is the latest version, 2016. Prior versions had major voiceover accessibility issues. For example in Word, all the controls and menus read, but the screen reader was unable to detect any text in the text editing area. 2016 is the first version that has attempted to address these issues. I haven't tried it yet myself; but from what I've heard, it's working relatively well. Having said that though, I wouldn't be surprised if accessibility is still a bit rough around the edges as compared to the polished experience users would get with the Windows version. I'm not sure if 2016 can be purchased as standalone software, or whether it is currenly only available as part of the Office 365 offering.

Al Puzzuoli
Information Technologist
Michigan State University,
Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities, 120 Bessey Hall East Lansing, MI 48824-1033

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