[Athen] Tableau visualizations

Kathleen Cahill kcahill at mit.edu
Tue Mar 20 08:17:11 PDT 2018

Hi Sharon,

We are evaluating accessibility of some Tableau visualizations currently with one of our departments. We’d be happy to share some information. We’re meeting with a developer in our IT department who works on Tableau and can follow up with information after that.


Kathy Cahill
Associate Dean, Accessibility and Usability
MIT Office of Undergraduate Education
77 Mass. Ave. 7-143
Cambridge MA 02139
kcahill at mit.edu<mailto:kcahill at mit.edu>
(617) 253-5111

From: athen-list <athen-list-bounces at mailman13.u.washington.edu> on behalf of Sharon M Trerise <smtreris at syr.edu>
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Date: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 9:15 AM
To: Access Network <athen-list at u.washington.edu>
Subject: [Athen] Tableau visualizations

The last discussion I can find in the ATHEN archives is from 2015. My understanding is that the latest version of Tableau implemented some significant accessibility improvements.

Does anyone have recommendations for creating accessible visualizations with Tableau? I’ve found significant issues with screen reader access when trying to read data visualizations. Even though the data points appear in text on mouseover, they don’t seem to be available to the screen reader.

Does anyone have experience with Narratives for Tableau (https://narrativescience.com/Partners/Business-Intelligence/Tableau) which claims to create automated explanations of the visualizations?



Sharon Trerise | IT Accessibility Support Services
Information Technology Services
1-234 CST
Syracuse University
Syracuse, New York 13244
t 315.443.2143 e smtreris at syr.edu<mailto:smtreris at syr.edu> w its.syr.edu<http://its.syr.edu/>

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