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Re: MS Office and Accessibility

From: David Poehlman <poehlman1@home.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Oct 2001 11:35:16 -0400
Message-ID: <001101c15b0f$a75cd300$2cf60141@mtgmry1.md.home.com>
To: "Scarlett Julian \(ED\)" <Julian.Scarlett@sheffield.gov.uk>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
I think your question was clear enough.  the answer is that it depends
on the assistive set up.  Since it is nt4 you are most likely going to
be concerned with jaws on the screen reader side and Kelly gave you the
correct answer.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Scarlett Julian (ED)" <Julian.Scarlett@sheffield.gov.uk>
To: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Sent: Monday, October 22, 2001 11:32 AM
Subject: re: MS Office and Accessibility

Firstly, apologies for the "Hi all" greeting and the corporate
that my employer tags onto the end of all my emails for me. I have no
but to post to public lists from work so you'll have to just pretend you
didn't see it ;-)

Secondly, my badly phrased original post has thrown up some interesting
answers. I accept the points about access of proprietary file formats
causing problems but what I was really after was whether or not the
of a .doc or .xls or .ppt file opening within a browser ( I chose IE
I don't think NS automatically tries to open them) would cause problems
screen readers. Sorry, I should have been more specific in my original

The users for this portion of the site are schools that all have a
desktop installation (MS Office 97, NT4, IE5+) and hence the specificity
my question. Ideally I would get all infomation presented in html but to
this I have to get the info owners in our organisation to agree. They
under the illusion that because their client group all have Office that
is ok to serve up Office files rather than html pages. I need a solid
argument why they can't do this .

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

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