[Athen] ever okay to merge cells in Excel?

Justin Romack justinr at disability.tamu.edu
Sat Sep 8 14:20:48 PDT 2018

Howdy Krista - always good to see a post here from you.

Tristen is spot on. I'd also add that JAWS and NVDA do a great job of announcing when cells have been merged and which cell rows/columns are included in the merged area. I have never encountered a situation where merged cells posed a problem.

Hope you're doing well, friend.


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On Sep 8, 2018, at 3:25 PM, Tristen Breitenfeldt (Wipro Ltd.) <tristenbreitenfeldt at gmail.com<mailto:tristenbreitenfeldt at gmail.com>> wrote:

Hi Krista,
I hope you are doing well.
From a screen reader accessibility perspective, merging cells in Excel is fine and in some cases highly preferable. For example, when you have a row title which needs to apply to multiple consecutive rows, i.e., students with the last name Smith; Smith, Jane and Smith, John.

Hope that helps.

Tristen Breitenfeldt
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