[Athen] Word 2016 and JAWS/NVDA Image ALT text

Karlen Communications info at karlencommunications.com
Wed Feb 22 11:09:36 PST 2017

Yes, the Content Controls are inherently inaccessible. They also act as key traps once you get in them you have problems getting out and getting information from adaptive technology that you have indeed gotten out of them.

Cheers, Karen

From: athen-list [mailto:athen-list-bounces at mailman13.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Bourne, Sarah (MASSIT)
Sent: February 22, 2017 1:36 PM
To: Access Technology Higher Education Network <athen-list at u.washington.edu>
Subject: Re: [Athen] Word 2016 and JAWS/NVDA Image ALT text

Speaking of API mappings…

It would be wonderful if the really nifty form elements in DOCX could be picked up. They seem like they should provide much better accessibility support for labels, instructions, etc., but JAWS (at least) does not pick up any of that information. This leaves us with the guidance to continue using the “legacy” form controls, which aren’t that great.


Sarah E. Bourne
Director of IT Accessibility, MassIT
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
1 Ashburton Pl. rm 811 Boston MA 02108
<mailto:sarah.bourne at mass.gov> sarah.bourne at mass.gov
<http://www.mass.gov/MassIT> http://www.mass.gov/MassIT

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