[Athen] [EXT] Word form fields with JAWS

Karlen Communications info at karlencommunications.com
Tue Apr 2 07:32:56 PDT 2019

But with the old ActiveX/legacy form controls, don't you have to protect
parts of the document to force focus to the form controls?

Cheers, Karen

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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

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Good Morning!

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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