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

Joseph Polizzotto MA jpolizzotto at berkeley.edu
Fri Apr 2 13:05:23 PDT 2021

Hi Dawn:

Another thing—in case it's relevant—is that employees wouldn't be able to
use WordToEPUB <https://daisy.org/activities/software/wordtoepub/>.



On Fri, Apr 2, 2021 at 8:34 AM Hunziker, Dawn A - (hunziker) <
hunziker at arizona.edu> wrote:

> 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


> Dawn Hunziker


> IT Accessibility Consultant, Sr. | Disability Resources


> The University of Arizona | hunziker at arizona.edu

> drc.arizona.edu | itaccessibility.arizona.edu


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