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Re: MS Office and accessibility

From: Kelly Ford <kelly@kellford.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Oct 2001 06:24:45 -0500 (CDT)
To: "Scarlett Julian (ED)" <Julian.Scarlett@sheffield.gov.uk>
cc: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Message-ID: <20011022062155.J51021-100000@server1.shellworld.net>

I will tell you that for most screen readers when Excel and Word files are
opened inside of IE, they are difficult to read.  This is because the
technologies that the different screen readers have for accessing the
stand alone versions of the software do not get loaded inside of IE.  The
screen reading user can download the files but it takes more action and
knowledge of what's going on.

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
> appreciated.
> tia
> Julian
> Julian Scarlett
> Web Design & Document Management System Officer
> Education Directorate
> Sheffield City Council
> 0114 2735721
> mob 07904914976
> julian.scarlett@sheffield.gov.uk
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