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Re: Are word forms accessible?

From: Bart Simons <bart.simons@anysurfer.be>
Date: Wed, 01 Apr 2015 08:12:07 +0200
Message-ID: <551B8C37.8010401@anysurfer.be>
To: 'WAI Interest Group' <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

Form fields in Word are problematic, not just for JAWS-users but for 
keyboard users in general.
If you use form fields and you don't protect the document, the form 
fields are not accessible for keyboard users: impossible to move focus 
to them, impossible to check a check box with the space bar etc.
If you use form fields and you do protect the document, focus will be 
trapped inside the form fields. It is impossible to move the cursor 
outside the form. You cannot activate links elsewhere in the document, 
you cannot select any text from the document, Jaws-users indeed don't 
have access to the document at all.

In my opinion Word is not the right tool for forms of any kind.

Bart Simons

Op 1/04/2015 1:33, Madhavi Herle schreef:
> Hello everyone,
> We are creating letter/memo templates in word. Client wants to know if form fields are accessible. The main purpose of the templates is to ensure the users only fill the required sections and not change the format of the document. There is no database integration required.
> I tried creating a word form with a few text fields. JAWS for some reason reads the previous field name and then the field in focus. I have followed the instructions provided by Freedom Scientific, http://www.freedomscientific.com/Training/accessible-forms-in-word.htm.
> Please do let me know if I am doing something wrong. Your help is much appreciated.
> Kind regards,
> Madhavi.
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