[Athen] Microsoft Office Accessibility

PIATT, JASON jpiatt at kent.edu
Thu Oct 12 12:54:58 PDT 2017

Hi Jason,

My opinion is that it's not so much that it makes a document inaccessible, but rather, I see using a title as best practice and good design for digital content like a Word Doc and provides more context to assistive tech users (specifically screen readers). This context might be helpful especially if someone named a file something vague like syllabus.docx or document.docx (which in itself does not represent best practice.)

I am actually not sure why the Accessibility checker does not alert for that issue...but when a Word Doc is made into a PDF, PDF accessibility checker will for sure pick up on that omission.


Jason Piatt, M.Ed.

Electronic & Information Technology Manager, Student Accessibility Services

Kent State University

330.672.8032 | jpiatt at kent.edu

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1. Ace Accessibility Checker for EPUB in 1st public beta --
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3. Accessible tables in Google Docs for screen readers (Maria Ortado)
4. Quick question: Microsoft Office Accessibility (Varnado, Jason)


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Is anyone using LabArchives? Ian curious about how the IOS version compares to the Windows version in terms of both accessibility and overal functionality.

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Hello all,

I am looking for some assistance in creating accessible tables in Google
docs. If anyone has any advice to share, it would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you so much!

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Good morning,
We are having a bit of a discussion about a point brought up about accessibility in Office. I have been told that not adding a meaningful title in the properties of a document makes that document inaccessible. I don't mean naming the file meaningfully or adding an appropriate heading structure, of course you should do this. I mean going to "file" - "info" - then clicking the "add a title" field. By not doing this, is a document actually inaccessible? If this does actually ruin the accessibility of a document, any thoughts on why it doesn't come up in the accessibility checker?

Either I am not searching right, or there just isn't a lot of information out there on this (probably the former). Your expertise is much appreciated.
Thank you!

Associate Director, Disability Access
Center for Student Academic Success

PHONE (509) 313-4034
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