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RE: Are word forms accessible?

From: Cherie Ekholm <cheriee@exchange.microsoft.com>
Date: Wed, 1 Apr 2015 22:17:58 +0000
To: Madhavi Herle <Madhavi_Herle@infosys.com>, Jonathan Avila <jon.avila@ssbbartgroup.com>, WAI Interest Group <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
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Microsoft also now has a technical help line specific for accessibility support. The web page is at https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/answerdesk/accessibility. There is online chat available, or you can call the toll-free line at 1 (800) 936-5900.


-----Original Message-----
From: Madhavi Herle [mailto:Madhavi_Herle@infosys.com] 
Sent: Wednesday, April 1, 2015 2:58 PM
To: Jonathan Avila; WAI Interest Group
Subject: RE: Are word forms accessible?

Hello everyone,

Thank you Bob, Bart, Srinivasu, Judy and Jonathan for taking time to write back to me. I really appreciate it.

Jonathan, while doing my research I noticed that certain sections can be allowed normal access. I will try that out today and see if it works.

Thank you all.

Kind regards,

From: Jonathan Avila [jon.avila@ssbbartgroup.com]
Sent: Thursday, 2 April 2015 2:14 AM
To: WAI Interest Group
Subject: Re: Are word forms accessible?

The one addition that I have is that you can protect only certain sections of the document allowing normal access to certain sections and restricted form access to the other sections of the document.


> On Apr 1, 2015, at 2:19 AM, Bart Simons <bart.simons@anysurfer.be> wrote:
> Hello,
> 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.
> Regards
> Bart Simons
> AnySurfer
> 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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