[Athen] [EXT]Re: Powerpoint, screenreaders and text boxes

Robert Beach rbeach at KCKCC.EDU
Fri Jan 31 05:36:30 PST 2020

Actually, both NVDA and JAWS can see them and read them, but it isn’t reliable. Plus, if a student needs an alternate format of the PPT, then somebody has to retype all of those textboxes. I’m not sure how Voice Over deals with the textboxes since I haven’t tried it yet.

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Well, that’s interesting! NVDA is always making advancements, unlike Jaws, and they may have solved this puzzle.

However, if a screenreader user is using Jaws, then there will still be a problem as Jaws won’t read (or even see) those text boxes.

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Subject: [Athen] Powerpoint, screenreaders and text boxes

I've been playing around with PowerPoint (2013 for Windows) and NVDA. It's always been emphasized not to use text boxes and instead to use the slide layouts but I notice that NVDA reads the text boxes without problem although you may need to rearrange the order in the selection pane. I can see that the text boxes are missing from the outline view but I can't see to get NVDA to read that pane in any case.

Does the admonition against text boxes still apply?


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