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Re: MS Office and accessibility

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Date: Mon, 22 Oct 2001 06:15:39 -0400 (EDT)
To: "Scarlett Julian (ED)" <Julian.Scarlett@sheffield.gov.uk>
cc: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.30.0110220611320.5755-100000@tux.w3.org>
Well, it will cause a problem for me - I don't own the required software, and
am not prepared to buy it for reasons of security and available machine
resources. There is still a substantial minority who do not use IE. Since
they have to install something else by hand, it is unlikely that they are
doing it by accident, or that they really meant to use IE.

For people who happen to be prepared to shell out the money (this software is
NOT free, it costs a lot for people who pay for it) and are used to it I am
told that Word is in fact a fairly accessible package for people who are
blind, although I don't know if that is affected by it being opened inside


Charles McCathieNevile

On Mon, 22 Oct 2001, Scarlett Julian (ED) wrote:

  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
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