BPDCC Accessibility Research Group

Campus Information Technologies and Educational Services (CITES) and Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES)

University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign

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Date: 2008-06-06

Time: 2:00 PM EDT; 1:00 PM CDT; 12:00 PM MDT; 11:00 AM PDT



BPDCC Accessibility Teleconference Minutes 06/06/2008
Scribes: Nolan Crabb and Marc Thompson
Time: 2:00—3:00 EDT; 1:00—2:00 p.m. CDT


Action Items

  1. (All BPDCC members) Revision and consolidation of research findings on Netfiles

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  1. Anne-Marie Armstrong
  2. Nolan Crabb (scribe)
  3. Christie Gilson
  4. Vance Martin
  5. Hadi Rangin
  6. Marc Thompson (facilitator)

                Marc began the discussion by pointing out that the group had an interesting opportunity to look at two sets of documents during the teleconference.  First, Vance had sent a syllabus for a history course, and Anne-Marie had sent her online syllabi.  Marc thought the group should look at both documents during the teleconference time.  (They had been sent out via e-mail prior to the meeting.)  Additionally, Marc sent out, via a zip file, a sample template he had been working on.

The group decided to take up Vance’s syllabus, since he had to disconnect from the call early.  He said the syllabus is one he will use for an upcoming summer class.  In discussing the structure, he said he had tried to use headings as well as bolded information and other similar tools to set sections apart from one another, including asterisks, etc.  There was some discussion about the use of the title style in Microsoft Word and how that related, if at all, to the use of the title encoding in HTML.  Hadi questioned the differences and similarities between the word style and the HTML code both in terms of its appearance and in terms of how a screen reader dealt with it.  Since Vance’s document was available to the group for real-time examination, the screen reader users looked at the title section.  It did not read as a separate heading, but of course, it was quite readable at the top.  Vance said it would be possible to place the title within a heading 1 style if doing so aided in the screen reader’s ability to navigate the syllabus.  The group unanimously agreed that placing the title within a heading 1 style would be considered a best practice.

The screen reader users in the group unanimously agreed that Vance’s document was highly navigable, and Christie indicated that she had successfully converted it to DAISY using the new Microsoft Word add-on in conjunction with software known as Pipeline from the DAISY consortium.  She said Vance’s syllabus worked well when read with a Victor Reader Stream.

Hadi also pointed out the importance of keeping headings within their hierarchical order when composing such documents.  For example, he pointed out that you would not want to jump from heading 1 to heading 4 then back to heading 2 then forward to heading 5 when working forward through the document.  He said, and the group agreed, that the headings should be similar to an outline where heading 1 conveyed main ideas and headings 2, 3, 4, etc. followed in a specific order if necessary.  You could, of course, go back to heading 1 further in the document, assuming you needed to convey a new main point.  Nolan said that keeping headings in a consecutive hierarchical order would be best if any DAISY converters were to be used, since they balk if nonconsecutive headings are implemented.

Finally, the group looked briefly at Anne-Marie’s material, finding it highly navigable and accessible.  Marc’s template is an HTML file set, which was briefly discussed.

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