I'm a shade confused here, so will have to do some research later. You say you
have Office 2016, yet share a 365 subscription.
I may be wrong here, but I perhaps wrongly understood that Office 2019 was in
effect 365 without all the Cloud rubbish.
What's driving me mad with Word 2019, is the additional grammar checking which
displays a blue double underline. I know I can turn it off, but that's not the
point. It's far from obvious at times why something has been flagged in this
From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> On Behalf Of Jackie
Sent: 01 January 2019 13:03
Subject: [access-uk] Re: Office 365 accessibility advantages
It depends how often you use Microsoft Office, what operating system you have,
and version of screen reader. If, for example, you have an older version of
JAWS, you might struggle to get the best out of 365. We are running Windows 10
with the latest JAWS 2019 release and Office 2016. Because we both use Outlook
and Word a lot, the 365 subscription we share is good value for money. There
are quirks here and there, but I don't know if they are to do with JAWS or
Microsoft, or a combination of the two. I jumped from 2003 to 365 so can't
comment on 2007 or 2010. I don't think about the ribbons any more unless I'm
looking for something new and have to hunt for it. Office is a really bulky
program, and if you are an occasional user, perhaps a 365 subscription isn't
worthwhile? You can make some adjustments so Outlook and Word are more
friendly with a screen reader, and the bulk of work I carry out in Word and
Outlook is accessible. We will probably update to 2019 when our machines need
a make-over or restore, but neither of us is desperate to go down that road
right now for the sake of a few bells and whistles Microsoft has likely
introduced to justify it.
<access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx<mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>> On Behalf Of Peter
Bentley (Redacted sender "bentleypd31" for DMARC)
Sent: 01 January 2019 11:29
Subject: [access-uk] Office 365 accessibility advantages
I understand the advantages in the subscription approach, particularly the
claim that it is continually being updated in the area of screen reader use.
However it is considerably more expensive long-term.
I currently use Office 2010. My questions are:
1. Is 2019 significantly more accessible in some of the more difficult
2. The claim is that Microsoft is continually making improvements in this area.
How true is this and how significant are the changes.
I realise that you pay your money and make a choice but for the average home
user who is basically coping though struggling in some areas, is the extra cost