[Athen] Document remediation training materials

Christine Robinson crobinson at ggc.edu
Wed Dec 5 13:20:00 PST 2018

For most subjects, I’m a huge fan of Lynda.com and am constantly encouraging our campus community to use it.

HOWEVER, when it comes to the Lynda courses on accessible MS Office documents, a lot of their information is just plain INCORRECT. An older flawed course on accessible Office docs was replaced, about a year ago, by one that is even worse. I have written them about this a couple of times, but the new course is still up there.

A few examples (of many) from the course, “Creating Accessible Documents in Microsoft Office” by Glenna Shaw:

1. For alt text in Word documents, she puts redundant information in the Title and Description areas, and does not point out that the Title line might not be read at all by screen readers.

2. She does not put images in line with text.

3. She merges cells in a table!

4. She implies that if the Accessibility Checker doesn’t point out any problems, then your document is fine.

I haven’t viewed the Lynda courses on accessible PDFs, so those may be fine, but please do not rely on the MS Office accessibility “information.”

Christine Robinson | Technical Trainer/Writer | Center for Teaching Excellence
Georgia Gwinnett College | 678-407-5193

From: athen-list [mailto:athen-list-bounces at mailman12.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Doug Hayman
Sent: Wednesday, December 5, 2018 3:39 PM
To: Access Technology Higher Education Network <athen-list at u.washington.edu>
Subject: Re: [Athen] Document remediation training materials

There is the extensive PDF accessibility class on lynda.com<http://lynda.com>

On Wed, Dec 5, 2018 at 12:33 PM Michael Canale <canale at umbc.edu<mailto:canale at umbc.edu>> wrote:
Good afternoon,

I have a new group of GAs coming in and will need to train them to remediate PDFs and other documents. Since my AT specialist has left this falls on me. Does anyone have a training materials you are willing to share?

Thank you


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