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RE: MS Office and accessibility

From: Harry Woodrow <harrry@email.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Oct 2001 18:39:58 +0800
To: "Charles McCathieNevile" <charles@w3.org>, "Scarlett Julian \(ED\)" <Julian.Scarlett@sheffield.gov.uk>
Cc: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
in fairness though to the big company they do at least provide free viewers
for download for all their formats.  In some ways this is like pdf s except
that at leat Microsoft stuff is generally Accessible.


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Sent: Monday, October 22, 2001 6:16 PM
To: Scarlett Julian (ED)
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Subject: Re: MS Office and accessibility

Well, it will cause a problem for me - I don't own the required software,
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
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
  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?
  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


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