[Athen] Strikethrough formatting in MS Word and PDF?

joe at a11yeval.com joe at a11yeval.com
Fri Jan 11 08:52:28 PST 2019


To my knowledge. Screen readers would only support this if they go into “Font description” mode (JAWS: https://doccenter.freedomscientific.com/doccenter/doccenter/rs25c51746a0cc/2012-06-20_TextFormatting/02_TextFormatting.htm, NVDA: https://www.nvaccess.org/files/nvda/documentation/userGuide.html#DocumentFormattingSettings, VoiceOver: https://www.apple.com/voiceover/info/guide/_1128.html#mchlp2720) But from my conversations with power users, they only use this if they really need to (explicitly told critical information is conveyed through visual formatting or editing a document).

You would have to implement a solution like Adrian’s physically adding the text to the page or you could use 1px by 1px “spacer” images with the appropriate alternative text.

I’m asking colleagues for other methods.


Joe Humbert

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Subject: [Athen] Strikethrough formatting in MS Word and PDF?

Hello all,

I was asked about the capabilities of screen-readers communicating the Strikethrough formatting in MS Word and PDF documents.

>From my testing, I was not able to get either JAWS or NVDA to recognize and communicate the text content that had a Strikethrough effect. I was using recent versions of JAWS, NVDA, and Microsoft Word 365.

Has anyone been able to get JAWS or NVDA to recognize the Strikethrough formatting in MS Word (or PDF) documents?

I found a nice solution for HTML-based content from Adrian Roselli (see https://codepen.io/aardrian/pen/bYJrWe), but HTML is not an output option at this time.

Thanks for any feedback.

Take care,


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