[access-uk] Re: Office 2007

Doug,

        Jaws 8 works perfectly well with Office 2007. The problem isn't one
of accessibility, it's one of usability though. 

        Office 2007 has changed completely. Menus go sideways instead of
down, all the functions have moved to different places, few of the old
shortcut keys still do the same job. In short, it's a tremendously steep new
learning curve.

        The worst of it is, that there doesn't seemto be any logical
thinking behind the change in interface. Microsoft will have you believe
it's good usability, but there's more than a little room for doubt on that
particular score. In time, we'll all get used to it, but there's something
faintly irritating about having to look in the help files each time you want
to carry out the most mundane of word processing task.


Regards,
Léonie.



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Douglas Harrison
Sent: 23 September 2007 19:24
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Subject: [access-uk] Office 2007

I would be interested to hear from anyone successfully using Office 2007 
with a screen reader.  

I am expecting delivery of a lap top (Vista OS) with Office 2007 installed 
and am a little concerned about the accessibility of the Ribbon system 
which has replaced the conventional menus etc.  it all sounds fine for 
mouse users, but what about screen reader access?   I currently use Hal, 
but have been considering switching to Window-eyes (or even System 
Access) if they cope  better with Word 2007 and Excel 2007 both of which I 
will have to use extensively.  


Thanks in advance for any information,


Douglas
     
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