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Re: Microsoft PowerPoint accessibility

From: Daman Wandke <daman@damanw.com>
Date: Fri, 13 Aug 2010 10:47:30 -0400
Message-ID: <7e56d6fa7355bbc7039f1a967b022e7a.squirrel@damanw.com>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

Hi everyone,

One issue I have been trying to solve is how to create accessible PDF
handouts from Microsoft PowerPoint.  I have figured out how to convert
Microsoft Publisher to accessible PDF but I haven't figured out
PowerPoint.  Does anyone know if it's possible?

Daman Wandke

> Hi,
> 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 ?
> Thanks,
> 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.
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