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

Robert Spangler rspangler1 at udayton.edu
Wed Apr 7 07:52:26 PDT 2021

Hello, I haven't had a chance to try the online MS Office tools. It sounds
like they've not come along far enough in accessibility as the Google Suite
set of apps, which is kind of surprising given Microsoft's greater
commitment to accessibility nowadays.


On Tue, Apr 6, 2021 at 11:44 PM Tyler Shepard <tylershepard1991 at gmail.com>

> As someone who uses the desktop version for work i highly doubt that the

> keyboard shortcuts will work all the time if one uses the online version

> unless JAWS is told to disregard these keyboard shortcuts as MS shortcuts

> and not JAWS shortcuts. There is a way to do this but I cannot recall it at

> this time.

> As an NVDA user who uses the Google online products i had to learn how to

> work around NVDA to make them work. It is a hassle. I would advise keeping

> the desktop option open.


> On Tue, Apr 6, 2021 at 6:24 PM Hunziker, Dawn A - (hunziker) <

> hunziker at arizona.edu> wrote:


>> Thank you, everyone, for the responses and confirmations! I'm starting

>> discussions to verify that those who need the Office Desktop applications

>> for disability-related reasons, or to create accessible content, have that

>> access. I don't think this will be a concern, I just need to make sure it's

>> a question we ask to make sure we provision the correct license option.


>> Have a good evening!

>> Dawn


>> Dawn Hunziker


>> IT Accessibility Consultant, Sr. | Disability Resources


>> The University of Arizona | hunziker at arizona.edu

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


>> 520-626-9409


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>> *To:* athen-list at u.washington.edu <athen-list at u.washington.edu>

>> *Subject:* [EXT]Re: [Athen] Fw: Office365 - Online vs Desktop

>> applications for accessibility



>> *External Email*


>> I think the bigger issue to consider is that employees with disabilities,

>> (especially screen reader users) would have a very difficult (if not

>> impossible) time using the online Office applications. I am a blind

>> screen reader user and I used to be an accessibility tester; some of the

>> applications I was testing were the online Microsoft Office applications.

>> They are not great for accessibility or usability, and I fear that if your

>> campus decided to use only the online Office suite, they would be excluding

>> a significant population of employees, which could leave the college open

>> to legal action. That’s just my two cents…


>> I am strongly in favor of finding ways to save money, but cost-saving

>> measures that are not accessible will eventually backfire in one way or

>> another. Another option might be providing incentives to employees to use

>> their own (personal Office subscription/installation key on their work

>> machine. That way, the college would not need to pay for as many Office

>> 365 subscriptions.)


>> I realize that this answer may not be a popular answer, but when weighing

>> the annual cost of Office 365 against potential lawsuits and negative

>> publicity, I’m pretty sure that keeping the desktop versions of Office will

>> prove to be much less expensive in the long run.




>> Sincerely,




>> Tristen Breitenfeldt


>> [image: JAWS Certified, 2019]

>> <http://www.freedomscientific.com/Certification>



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