[Athen] Fw: Office365 - Online vs Desktop applications for accessibility

Hunziker, Dawn A - (hunziker) hunziker at arizona.edu
Fri Apr 2 08:33:45 PDT 2021

Thank goodness, it's Friday! I don't know what keystroke I hit but my message was sent before I was done!

Here's the completed thoughts/questions:

Hi all,

We are working to change licensing for Office365 applications at the University of Arizona. They would like to see most employees use the online applications (free) rather than a desktop application (requires a license).

My Question: To have employees create accessible PDFs from their Office documents, do they need to have the desktop version or will the online application work? We have Adobe Pro licensing, so obviously the plugin wouldn't be available in the online Office stuff.... would that make a difference?

I know that anyone using a screen reader and possibly other assistive technology will need a desktop application just simply because the online versions are a bear to work with when using a screen reader - not necessarily impossible but certainly not nice.

Thank you!


Dawn Hunziker

IT Accessibility Consultant, Sr. | Disability Resources

The University of Arizona | hunziker at arizona.edu

drc.arizona.edu<http://drc.arizona.edu/> | itaccessibility.arizona.edu<http://itaccessibility.arizona.edu/>

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