[Athen] Need Tips: Preparing JAWS-ready beginning Spanish textbook (Accessible PDF)

Normajean.Brand normajean.brand at hccs.edu
Thu Jan 21 11:00:45 PST 2016

Sooooo glad you brought this up Joseph! We're struggling with the same issues with another Spanish textbook for another JAWS user.


From: athen-list [mailto:athen-list-bounces at mailman13.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Nast, Joseph M
Sent: Wednesday, January 20, 2016 5:55 PM
To: Access Technology Higher Education Network <athen-list at u.washington.edu>
Subject: [Athen] Need Tips: Preparing JAWS-ready beginning Spanish textbook (Accessible PDF)

Title: Puntos de partida: An Invitation to Spanish
Author: Dorwick, Thalia; Pérez-Gironés, Ana María; Becher, Anne
ISBN13: 9780073385419
Beyond simply using my OmniPage Pro to save\convert the publisher's non-accessible PDF to the tagged, searchable flavor, I was wondering if those wiser than me (meaning everyone) have any tips\best practices to offer regarding possibly problematic visual elements of the textbook, such as:

1. "Matching" mini-exercises that ask the reader to match items in the first column to a list of choices in the second.

2. Textbook's use of text color to tag important elements (quote: "Note the use of red to highlight aspects of Spanish that you should pay special attention to").

Additionally, I'm concerned about the book's use of mixed Spanish and English within the same sentence. I know that JAWS (at least v12 and up) has a Spanish voice (Paulina) and is capable of reading Spanish comprehensibly. However, I'm concerned about the Spanish voice's pronunciation of English words. (I've heard the English voice butcher Spanish words).

Any pointers are much appreciated. Thanks!

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