[Athen] Can we teach instructors the rudiments of accessibility?

Stager, Catherine Catherine.Stager at frontrange.edu
Tue Oct 20 16:42:03 PDT 2020

Yes, I want all people to know, but… maybe teach the student to fish?

Have you played with the OCR in “Copyfish” browser extension for Chrome, Firefox or Edge? This sometimes is helpful for students who have enough vision to use it. Free version will OCR any image based text very accurately.

We have one of our Getting Started Guides for Copyfish<https://docs.google.com/document/d/1F7134pnDU9GmDrnayqy1OeEk7QL4N90q/>, and another one for accessing extensions via the keyboard.

Best regards,

Catherine M. Stager
Assistive Technology Specialist
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This typically happens because it's "how I've always done it". The professor could have easily posted the URL to the website rather than a scanned PDF and it would have been much quicker. But perhaps they already had the PDF and were just in the mode of posting documents.

HTML always wins over PDF, even if the PDF is well formed/tagged.

On Tue, Oct 20, 2020 at 3:19 PM Deborah Armstrong <armstrongdeborah at fhda.edu<mailto:armstrongdeborah at fhda.edu>> wrote:
I was slowly trawling through a PDF that had OCR’d very badly, planning to email the resulting text to a student when I was done. It was a class handout she needed ASAP.

A typically disorganized professor had just assigned it and asked the students to read it today and discuss it tomorrow.

I got about halfway through, mindlessly zapping headers and footers until I actually read one and realized it was a web page.

I went to the web page and the entire article was there, in beautifully formatted and structured HTML!

Now why would a prof take a perfectly accessible article, print it scan it in to a PDF and put that up on the class home page – especially at the last minute!

Or maybe a better question to ask is why did stupid me not notice it was taken from a web page until I was halfway through cleaning it up?

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