[Athen] [EXT] Word form fields with JAWS

Robert Beach rbeach at KCKCC.EDU
Tue Apr 2 06:21:23 PDT 2019

It sounds like the designer used the new form field types instead of the legacy forms. That is my first quick guess. If they can change those to the legacy forms, JAWS "should" read them fine.

Robert Lee Beach
Assistive Technology Specialist
Kansas City Kansas Community College
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Kansas City, KS 66112
Phone: 913-288-7671
Email: rbeach at kckcc.edu<mailto:rbeach at kckcc.edu>

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Our Graduate School provides MS-Word templates<https://www.purdue.edu/gradschool/research/thesis/templates.html> for thesis and dissertation formatting. The templates they created make use of Word form fields. A JAWS user wants to use a template to write his dissertation, but says JAWS skips a lot of required fields.

When I opened one of the templates (attached), I found JAWS interacts with edit fields just fine. However, I'm unable to get it to read combo boxes. It will announce the name of the combo box, but it won't allow me to open the list of options to make a selection. I'm not a strong JAWS user. Is there something I'm doing wrong? Or are these fields just not accessible?



Dean Brusnighan
Assistive Technology Specialist
Purdue University
dabrus at purdue.edu<mailto:dabrus at purdue.edu>

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