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Re: Microsoft PowerPoint accessibility

From: Dominique BURGER <dominique.burger@upmc.fr>
Date: Fri, 13 Aug 2010 15:25:38 +0200
Message-ID: <4C6547D2.2020908@upmc.fr>
To: Phil Spencer <spencer_phil@hotmail.com>
Cc: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
We are facing a this type of question with a major ICT company asking 
for solutions, i.e. tools, and guidelines, making possible for their 
employees to generate "accessible presentations" with minimal knowledge 
about accessibility.
Has anybody experienced or evaluated the virtual508 tool produced by 
Illinois University ( http://www.virtual508.com/ ) ?

Talking about formats supporting PPTX and ODP, Morten, is the Norwegian 
study you mention in your email publicly available ?

Dominique Burger
Université Pierre et Marie Curie -
Président de l'association BrailleNet

Phil Spencer a écrit :
> Hi,
> I'm interested in the general accessibility of Microsoft PowerPoint 
> for the creation and editing of presentations. Thus far the 
> information I've found on the web has been inconclusive, and I think 
> the opinions of a wider group would be very useful.
> As part of a project I'm working on we're considering PowerPoint as 
> part of a solution for the creation and editing of presentations. The 
> rough idea is that there will be a web based library of pre-approved 
> PowerPoint slides that users can package together to make a custom 
> presentation, which they can further edit or customise offline using 
> PowerPoint. However, if despite our best efforts to ensure the web 
> based part of the solution is accessible it turns out that PowerPoint 
> itself is a problem for some users then perhaps it's better that we 
> consider some other options.
> Does anyone have any knowledge of how well PowerPoint works with 
> different assisitive technologies?
> How "accessible" is PowerPoint considered to be in practice as an 
> authoring tool?
> Or does anyone know of any resources discussing these issues?
> Any thoughts or suggestions would be very welcome.
> Many thanks,
> Phil Spencer.

Dominique Burger
Université Pierre et Marie Curie - UPMC B23
Président de l'association BrailleNet
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