Accessible Web Publishing Tool for Microsoft Office
Jon Gunderson, Ph.D.
Dan Linder, M.S.
Amaris Pettie, B.A.
Why was the Web Invented?
Share information between scientists
Interoperation with computer systems
What are some of the myths of the web?
Users have no control over rendering
Authors have all the control over rendering
Instructors are not web developers
Instructors don't know about accessibility
More instructional materials on the web
There are a lot of instructors
Size of the Problem
Knowledge of Office Accessibility Techniques
Problems with Power Point Web Publishing Features
Limited ability to create text equivalents
Default format is VML
Default markup can only be viewed in latest browsers
Markup does not meet WCAG W3C requirements
Accessible Repair Process
Check with accessibility tool
Decipher accessibility report
Fix accessibility problems
Repeat process until no problems
Accessible Repair Problems
Difficult to understand reports
Authoring tools like MS Office do not support editing of markup
Results are often still inaccessible
Default markup uses universal design techniques
Authors do not need to know about accessibility
No extra time involved with creating accessible materials
Goals of the Project
Accessible HTML by default
No knowledge of accessibility or HTML
Prompt users for accessibility information
Automatically generate text equivalents
Used as default web publishing tool
Demonstration of Wizard
Text and graphical
Keyboard support (Accesskeys)
Text tables for charts
Improve support for Word
Provide support for Excel
Text equivalents for graphics
Images of tabular tables
Improved styling options
National Institute of Disability Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR)
Division of Rehabilitation Education Services
Trace Research and Development Center
(NIDRR Grant# H133E980008)
College of Applied Life Studies
University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign
QUESTION: How do I get it?
UIUC Cites Web Store
"Accessible Web Publishing Wizard"