[Athen] Accessible "fill in the blank"

Christine Robinson crobinson at ggc.edu
Mon Jan 7 07:39:55 PST 2019

Hi all -

What's the best way of providing "fill in the blank" space in a Word document? Faculty members are asking me how to do this in an accessible manner, for students using screen readers - and I'm "drawing a blank," so to speak.

The traditional approaches have been

1. typing a line

For example:

Water molecules contain the elements ________ and _________.

2. leaving blank space

For example:

List the elements in a molecule of carbon:

With either traditional approach, if the document is filled out electronically, then the line or space is intended to be replaced with typewritten text. If the document is printed, then the line or space is written on by hand.

If the document were to be printed, then I would use paragraph spacing for my example in #2, so that there aren't repeated blanks, but that wouldn't be a good idea if students were going to answer the questions on their computers.

There are so many details to making electronic documents accessible! And I know it would be easier if faculty members put their content on web pages instead of in electronic documents, but that isn't a change we can make in the near future.

Thanks for any help you can offer -

Christine Robinson | Technical Trainer/Writer | Center for Teaching Excellence
Georgia Gwinnett College | 1000 University Center Lane| Lawrenceville, GA 30043

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