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Re: MS Office and accessibility

From: Access Systems <accessys@smart.net>
Date: Mon, 22 Oct 2001 09:29:49 -0400 (EDT)
To: "Scarlett Julian (ED)" <Julian.Scarlett@sheffield.gov.uk>
cc: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.21.0110220926130.18873-100000@smarty.smart.net>
On Mon, 22 Oct 2001, Scarlett Julian (ED) wrote:

Then there are those who DON'T use the graphic interface browser.  or
access the web via a NON microshaft product, and there are an awful lot of
us out there.

right now I am accessing this site via a Unix shell and using PINE as the
e-mailer....not a snowballs chance that I could use your site, then add in
a firewall that automatically rejects and deletes any and all attachments
of any type.

many people operate in a highly secure enviorenment.  Access should not be
browser dependent, nor should it require proprietary software of any kind,


Bob


> 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
> PPU
> Education Directorate 
> Sheffield City Council
> 0114 2735721
> mob 07904914976
> julian.scarlett@sheffield.gov.uk 
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