[Athen] Word for Mac headings question

Stephen (Alex) Marositz smarositz at csudh.edu
Fri Jul 26 10:13:29 PDT 2019

Hi All

I’ve been thinking about this too. Since the viewers for office applications have gone away, see https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/979860/supported-versions-of-the-office-viewers

It hardly seems appropriate to ask instructors and other content contributors to publish in Word only. Yes, the mobile versions of the apps are free but few actually know that. So, what format other than PDF would be appropriate? I am asking this even though I know that PDF, forms in particular, are in accessible in oSX, iOS, Android and Chrome OS.

As of now,, my training is to publish accessible PDF and include a statement like, if you would like this document in an alternative format, contact us at###

Is there something better we should be doing?


Stephen Alex Marositz
ATI Coordinator
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Most faculty tell me they want a PDF so the student can’t change anything. I remind them that a student changing a faculty-issued document is an honor code violation and should be reported as such, that it isn’t their problem to solve. I also ask them if they’ve ever known of a time when the student changed something and got away with it. Usually none of them have ever encountered a problem. Also, they were usually told by another faculty member to protect their materials by creating a PDF, but there is no real evidence that changing of a Word file by a student is an actual thing or is used often.

Then I remind them that a Word document is ultimately the MOST accessible document for any student, and to just publish in Word whenever possible. Of if they insist, I tell them to post both the Word and the PDF, and the student can pick what they want.

Like Sean said, we still have a looooong way to go. There are rumors, myths, and other obfuscations that make it so much more difficult on us. On the plus side, none of us will be unemployed any time soon!

Susan Kelmer
Alternate Format Production Program Manager
Disability Services
University of Colorado Boulder

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> And, Sean, what is the most common response

> when you ask faculty why the want a document in PDF?

Generally, the response has been so that the document can't be changed. That said, I have started hearing lately that faculty are saving as PDF "because they were told it's now accessible."

Still much work to be done...


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