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Accessible Software


Microsoft – General (Windows, Office)
- Word
- PowerPoint / Presentations
- Internet Explorer
Adobe - General
- PDFs
- PDF Forms
- Flash
Other Categories and Products
- Open Office
- Blackboard
- Digital Media Players / Windows Media Player, Quicktime, Real Player

Also see Captioning


MICROSOFT – GENERAL (WINDOWS, OFFICE)


Accessibility Options in Windows 7 and Office 2010 Make It Easier for Everyone to See, Hear and Use Computers
http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/features/2010/oct10/10-21accessibility.mspx

Demos of Accessibility in Windows (Windows 7, Vista, and XP)
http://www.microsoft.com/enable/demos/default.aspx

Accessibility Features in Windows Vista
http://www.microsoft.com/enable/products/windowsvista/default.aspx

Windows XP Accessibility Resources
http://www.microsoft.com/enable/products/windowsxp/default.aspx

Accessibility in Microsoft Products – Windows 7
http://www.microsoft.com/enable/products/windows7/default.aspx

Accessibility Features in the 2007 Office System
http://www.microsoft.com/enable/products/office2007/default.aspx

Documentation in Accessible Formats for Microsoft Product
http://www.microsoft.com/enable/products/docs/default.aspx
“If you have difficulty reading or handling printed materials, you can obtain the documentation for many Microsoft products in formats more accessible for you.”

Downloads (Microsoft Accessibility)
http://www.microsoft.com/enable/download/default.aspx#righttech
“Download information, research, tutorials, fact sheets, and more about accessibility in Microsoft products.” There are some interesting Research Reports at the bottom of the page.

Create an accessible Office document
http://office.microsoft.com/training/training.aspx?AssetID=RC063800961033
This is a 30-40 minute training module that applies to Office 2003, but many of the same concepts and strategies will apply to 2007 - and probably other productivity tools.

Creating Accessible Microsoft Word & WordPerfect Documents by Using Markup [Wisconsin-Madison]
http://www.cew.wisc.edu/accessibility/tutorials/structuralmarkuptutorial.htm

Section 508 VPATs for Microsoft products
http://www.microsoft.com/industry/government/products/section508.mspx
(Voluntary Product Accessibility Template)

A Guide to Making Documents Accessible to People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired
http://www.acb.org/accessible-formats.html
"This document contains a comprehensive discussion about how to make print and electronic information available to people with visual impairments in a variety of accessible formats. ... To make a text accessible, it is usually necessary to provide it in several formats. Alternate formats include large print, braille, audio tape, and electronic file."


- WORD


Accessibility Features of Microsoft Word [Wisconsin-Madison]
http://www.cew.wisc.edu/accessibility/tutorials/MSWordFeatures.htm

Accessibility Essentials: Making Electronic Documents More Readable
http://www.techdis.ac.uk/resources/sites/accessibilityessentials1/index.html

Accessibility Essentials 2: Authoring Accessible Documents
http://www.techdis.ac.uk/resources/sites/accessibilityessentials2/modules/authoring%20accessible%20docs/index.html

Accessibility Essentials 2: Writing Accessible Electronic Documents with Microsoft Word
http://www.techdis.ac.uk/resources/sites/accessibilityessentials2/index.html

Tutorial - Creating Accessible Word Document [NC State]
http://ncsu.edu/it/access/tutorials/word/

Microsoft Word [WebAIM]
http://www.webaim.org/techniques/word/

Accessibility Essentials: Making Electronic Documents More Readable
http://www.techdis.ac.uk/resources/sites/accessibilityessentials1_2007/index.html


- POWERPOINT / PRESENTATIONS


Guidelines for Creating Accessible PowerPoint Slides [NC State]
http://ncsu.edu/it/access/tutorials/ppt/pptguidelines.php

Microsoft PowerPoint- Overview
http://ncsu.edu/it/access/tutorials/ppt/
Quick, simple list of accessibility considerations – plus a lot of other tutorials for using PowerPoint.

Accessibility Essentials 3: Creating Accessible Presentations
http://www.techdis.ac.uk/resources/sites/accessibilityessentials3_2007/index.html

Tutorial for Creating Accessible Power Point Presentations
http://www.cew.wisc.edu/accessibility/tutorials/pptmain.htm

PowerPoint and Accessibility
http://www.webaim.org/techniques/powerpoint/

Microsoft PowerPoint and Accessible Online Pages
http://hightech.redwoods.edu/accessibility/PowerPoint.htm

Making presentations accessible
http://nationalserviceresources.org/epicenter/practices/index.php?ep_action=view&ep_id=1081

The Resource Center – Effective Practices Collection
http://www.nationalserviceresources.org/epicenter/PracSearch_sctc.php

- INTERNET EXPLORER


Accessibility Features in Internet Explorer 8
http://www.microsoft.com/enable/products/IE8/default.aspx

Accessibility Features in Internet Explorer 7
http://www.microsoft.com/enable/products/IE7/default.aspx


ADOBE – GENERAL


Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (for Adobe products)
http://www.adobe.com/resources/accessibility/tools/vpat/

- PDFS


Accessible PDF Format- Overview [NC State]
http://ncsu.edu/it/access/tutorials/pdf/pdfoverview.php

Guide to Accessible Guide to Creating Accessible PDF Documents (PDF)
http://section508.gov/docs/PDFGuidanceForGovernment.pdf
This is by the General Services Administration Center for IT Accommodation.

Accessibility Essentials 4: Making the most of PDFs
http://www.techdis.ac.uk/resources/sites/accessibilityessentials4_2007/index.html

Accessibility Essentials 4: Making the Most of PDFs - Supplementary Material
http://www.techdis.ac.uk/index.php?p=3_20_2

PDF Hints and Tips for Screen Reader Users
http://www.techdis.ac.uk/index.php?p=3_20_2_1

Acrobat Pro 9 - Accessibility Features
http://www.atomiclearning.com/k12/en/acr9_acc

Learning about PDF Accessibility [Wisconsin-Madison]
http://www.cew.wisc.edu/accessibility/tutorials/accessiblePdfs.htm

Using the Accessibility Checker in Acrobat 9 Pro
http://www.acrobatusers.com/tutorials/using-accessibility-checker-acrobat-9-pro
“This document describes the accessibility checkers for PDF files that are included in Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro. Even if you generate an accessible PDF file from an authoring application, you should still verify the result using Acrobat's accessibility checker.” The direct link to the document (PDF) is http://www.adobe.com/accessibility/products/acrobat/pdf/A9-using-access-checker.pdf

Adobe Acrobat Pro Accessibility Guide: PDF Accessibility Repair Workflow (PDF)
http://www.adobe.com/accessibility/products/acrobat/pdf/A9-pdf-access-repair-workflow.pdf
This is a 44 page document.

PDF Accessibility
http://www.webaim.org/techniques/acrobat/

Web Archive: Providing and Managing Accessible PDF Documents
Presenter: Paul Turenne from NetCentric Technologies
http://easi.cc/archive/netcentric/netcentric.htm
EASI has an archive of just the presentation, just the audio, or both.

- PDF FORMS


Accessible Forms-PDF Adobe Acrobat Professional
http://www.ncsu.edu/it/access/tutorials/forms/formpdf.php
This is a quick and easy tutorial from NC State

Creating Accessible PDF Forms using Adobe Acrobat Professional
http://www.htctu.net/publications/conferences/ahg/pdf_forms.html
This is a presentation by Sean Keegan at the High Tech Center Training Unit for the California Community Colleges

- FLASH


Creating Accessible Flash Content
http://www.webaim.org/techniques/flash/
The last sentence in the introduction paragraph, sort of tells it all: “However, for individuals with disabilities, Flash can introduce unique accessibility problems.”


OTHER CATEGORIES AND PRODUCTS

- OPEN OFFICE


OpenOffice.org and Accessibility
http://www.webaim.org/techniques/ooo/

OpenOffice.org and Accessibility Part 1: Writer
http://www.webaim.org/techniques/ooo/
“Whether documents are going to be accessed in Writer or exported to a more common format, there are several things you can do to increase the native accessibility of documents in OOo Writer.” They do a nice job describing what to do when exporting to DOC, PDF, and HTML formats


- BLACKBOARD


Some Tips for Making Your Blackboard Site More Accessible for Students with Disabilities
http://hightech.redwoods.edu/accessibility/blackboard.htm

Blackboard - Accessibility
http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Resources/Accessibility.aspx

JAWS Screen Reader Demo
http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Resources/Accessibility/JAWS-Demo.aspx
These videos are “recorded sessions in which a blind user is using a JAWS screen reader to interact with and complete various tasks in Blackboard Learn...”


- DIGITAL MEDIA PLAYERS / WINDOWS MEDIA PLAYER, QUICKTIME, REAL PLAYER

(Also see Captioning)

How can I display accessible rich media in RealPlayer, QuickTime, and Windows Media Player?
http://www.washington.edu/accessit/articles?1160

Provide accessible multimedia in Digital Talking Books (DTBs)
http://ncam.wgbh.org/publications/adm/guideline_j.html

Media Player Accessibility
http://www.webaim.org/techniques/captions/mediaplayers/#conclusion

Accessible Digital Media: Design Guidelines for Electronic Publications, Multimedia and the Web
http://ncam.wgbh.org/publications/adm/index.html