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Re: Microsoft PowerPoint accessibility

From: Christophe Strobbe <christophe.strobbe@esat.kuleuven.be>
Date: Mon, 16 Aug 2010 10:22:01 +0200
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At 21:27 15/08/2010, Wayne Dick wrote:
>I think this discussion is overly complicated.
>For each level 1 and 2 criterion just click to "How to meet", find the
>relevant case and make sure your power point meets the sufficient
>Don't worry if a particular screen reader can or cannot read it.  If
>you meet the sufficient conditions and a screen reader can't read it
>then the screen reader has a bug and you should report it.

But if no screen reader supports the technique you're using, the 
technique is not accessibility-supported.

Best regards,


>In a corporate environment, it is easier to train programmers how to
>use the criteria and sufficient techniques than it is to write your
>own guidelines or practice weird kludges.
>Screen readers should be able to read text boxes if Microsoft
>identifies them as such.  Developers should be able to control the
>page reading order of text boxes. Microsoft's responsibility is to
>make sure and identify text boxes through their API.  Microsoft must
>also allow developers to control the reading order, and less competent
>authors to receive a correct default reading order.  Screen readers
>should read the API and do their job.
>Finally, the term accessible PDF is more of an advertising slogan than
>a reality.  Well marked up PDF still lacks accessibility support for
>1.3.1, separation of presentation from information, structure and
>presentation.  There is still no browser or media player that
>satisfies the the sufficient techniques for 1.3.1 or 1.3.2.
>Wayne Dick

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