[Athen] Strikethrough formatting in MS Word and PDF?

Karlen Communications info at karlencommunications.com
Fri Jan 11 09:09:34 PST 2019

In JAWS we can ask for the formatting at the cursor point which would give us this information but you have to be at the beginning or somewhere in the text that has the strikethrough. In Word you can search for Strikethrough but you have to suspect it is in the document to search for it.

In PDF, all bets are off. We currently don’t have the ability to identify specific formatting. I just tried getting formatting information on text with Strikethrough using JAWS/current version and all I have access to is a font not in the document (BCED) and the “Times New Roman” also not in the document. The 12 pt is correct but that is it.

Can’t check NVDA as it is acting up at the present time on my computer.

Cheers, Karen

From: athen-list <athen-list-bounces at mailman12.u.washington.edu> On Behalf Of Sean Keegan
Sent: Friday, January 11, 2019 11:10 AM
To: Access Technology Higher Education Network <athen-list at u.washington.edu>
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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