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MS Office and accessibility

From: Scarlett Julian (ED) <Julian.Scarlett@sheffield.gov.uk>
Date: Mon, 22 Oct 2001 08:29:57 +0100
Message-ID: <F9BE3B1AB649D311A573009027852E4D0189635E@educ_mxs.edu.sheff>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Hi all

I have a site that uses IEs ability to open MS Office files ( mainly Excel
and Word ) within the browser window and am having trouble persuading the
owners of the information that this is bad practice and the info should be
served up as html with proprietary file formats only available as downloads.
Could anyone on this list tell me whether opening up a xls file will cause
problems for visually impaired users and/or those using non-GUI browsers? I
want to persuade them to abandon their way of doing it in favour of what I
consider to be a better way and any arguments I can use would be greatly


Julian Scarlett
Web Design & Document Management System Officer
Education Directorate 
Sheffield City Council
0114 2735721
mob 07904914976

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